As Selwyn says, ‘… we must not fail to recognise is that once we come over on to the side of Christ then the world will hate us.’Â He is commenting on the verse, John 17:14, ‘I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.’
Yet, in general, in the western world followers of Jesus are not hated. Perhaps, because many who call themselves Christians are actually tolerant of the lack of purity and holiness demonstrated on TV, movies and newspapers.
I think there is a deceptive and incorrect view on when it is appropriate to make judgements on good and bad behaviour – this has resulted in a form of paralysis which prevents many from not making any judgements at all – they fail to discern what is right and wrong – they fail ‘to test the spirits’. It’s my view that these people have lost their light and therefore blend in with those who belong to the world – and are not hated at all – do you agree?
Selwyn’s prayer is a good summary: ‘Father, can it be that we Your people reflect so little of Your purity and holiness that the world does not notice us? If so, forgive us. Make us more like You – whatever our circumstances. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.’