Football and other sports will make a grown man or woman, paint their faces, spend tons of money, and jump and down screaming and acting like fools when their teams win. The word fan comes from the word fanatic. People are fanatics for their favorite team or sports figure. And the whole world is ok with that.
Politics can get people worked up too. So much so that some people get mad and become activists for their cause or their political party. They make signs, protest, raise and spend tons of money, rally other people together that agree with them and slam anyone that disagrees with them. And the whole world is ok with that.
Let a Muslim or gay person, or atheist or illegal alien speak out about what they believe, hold rallies about their cause, raise and spend tons of money to support their group and slam anyone that disagrees with and nobody says a word. In fact, the world stands behind them and supports them and encourages them. And the whole world is ok with that.
But let a Christian be so excited about what they believe that they want to share it with others, let them speak out about what they believe, let them talk about what the Bible teaches on various topics, let them take a stand what the Bible calls sin and the whole world comes after them. They are called bigots, judgmental, narrow minded, extremists, and a bunch of other names that I can’t think of right now. And the whole world isn’t ok with the Christian speaking their mind. It’s called free speech until you disagree with someone.
But you know what, now that I think about it, I’m ok with what the world treats me and my faith. You know why? Because they treated Jesus the same way. Look at what Jesus said about it.
Matthew 5:10 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Luke 6:22 – Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Luke 21:17 – And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
So, instead of being surprised when the world hates us, instead of being surprised when we are dogged for expressing our views, we should rejoice. We are in good company because they hated Jesus too. If they hate us, then we must be acting and living like Jesus. Which in my opinion, is a pretty good thing.
1Peter 4:12-14 – 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.