“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated [M]e before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (Gospel of John 15:18-19)
Beloved, if you doubt this hate please take the time to find an online article on Franklin Graham and scroll down to the comments section. You will be convinced. We have spent time with these commenters and they wish for the death of Christ-ians, they equate Christ-ians with ISIS. They consider Christians to be idiotic for their belief in God. They also hope that all Christ-ians would go to Hell….if there was such a place.
Why does the earth hate us so much? There a a number of reasons for their hatred. One reason is found in our text above. One reason is envy. The world may not be conscious of this but it is one reason all the same. Our Lord said, “…I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” In other words He chose you and not them. He chose you to be made a new creature in Him. He chose you to love and not them. The world hates you because God predestined you to be partakers of His divine nature and to become Christlike. And since the world hates Christ the world will also hate the Christlike.
Another reason the world hates you is you are what they are not. They see traits and characteristics in you that are not in them. They see the Spirit’s fruit ripening in your life and this causes envy and hate. Scripture calls the believer “blessed.” Blessed is defined as happy and a person to be envied.
The world takes note of the Christ-ians peace and faith; this causes envy and hate. The world takes note of the Christ-ian’s cleanness of life and this too causes envy and hate. The world takes note to the Father’s blessings upon the believer and this causes envy and hate.
The Scriptures state, ” Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you.” In other words, it is good to be hated by the right people for the right reasons..
It is written in Scripture that Noah condemned the world by his righteousness. So too, does the Christ-ian condemn the world by their righteous ways which were learned and enabled by Christ and the Holy Spirit, respectively.
How should the Christ-ian respond to this hate? We are to respond to this hate with Christ-ian love, with blessings, with good works, and with prayer for our haters. If we do not respond to hate in this way what is it then that makes us different? (Matthew 5) Note the change in the way our Lord describes the world. First He calls the world, “it” and then the world is called, “his.” Methinks this is because the “it” speaks to world as a whole opposing Christ and the Christlike. The “his” speaks to the individual human, the old creation in Adam and how he will love those that love him, treat him well, and is like him. The Christ-ian is to be different and better than this. The Christ-ian is to view life and haters from a higher plain. The Christ-ian is above all this hate and opposition.
The Christ-ian is to soar far above those that flap their wings and mouths against them. The Christ-ian knows that the haters are, in fact, opposing themselves as every word and every deed is recorded by our Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent God.
Let the haters hate while the Chris-ians love them.