Go, Preach, Be Hated
Posted by Rod Neufeld on August 1, 2015
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 KJV
This is the last command given by Christ to the apostles. This is now our purpose as Christians. We are to preach the Gospel to every creature. All of them! As if that wasn’t hard enough, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” Luke 21:17 KJV
Yeah, there is that. The world does not like God. At least, not the real one. Further to that, its not even the mention of God that people hate. It is the name above all other names, the name of Jesus Christ!
If you ever want to argue with someone, obviously we don’t want to do that, just say something like, “Let me tell you about Jesus.” The average non-Christian will often get visibly angry. I have seen it so many times that it often makes me very nervous and cowardly when it comes to sharing my faith. The problem is that we have to share our faith. Christ must be lifted up in our lives no matter the cost!
So, what’s the problem? This is mostly my opinion at this point, but I’m pretty sure I’m spot on. So, here goes:
When you say, ‘god’ and, yes, the lower-case ‘g’ is intentional, most people already have an idea of what that means. The problem is that they all have a different idea. You see, we create different ‘gods’ to meet our needs, ideology, faults, etc. We create a god that looks just like us, has the same hang ups, justifies our actions and is not offensive to anyone.
When a tragedy strikes the news reporters say things like, “Our prayers are with you.” But to whom are they praying? The god (lower-case g) of their own creation and nothing more. You may as well be praying to a glass of water because you only pray to an imaginary god that you defined and created. Then you redefined and recreated because some stuff happened. Then, you need him to have a different attitude towards your sin. You may as well pray to this glass of water because at least it may ripple if you cry loud enough. The god of your own creation will do nothing
because, of course, he is powerless and not really there in the first place.
So, what happens when Jesus enters the mix? Now there is a clear definition. He has guidelines that may not fit the way you want them. There is no ‘generic Jesus.’ He is, was and always will be. He does not change. He does not make or accept excuses and He will point out your sin! So, obviously, the automatic response is to deny Him, hate Him, and blame Him for all that’s wrong in the world. Because unlike the god we create, we have no control over Him. Even those that deny Him shudder at His name because even through their blindness they recognize His authority. Let’s face it: It scares people.
They don’t understand that to recognize our sin gives us the opportunity to repent and be free of it in Christ. Then it’s not really scary at all. Except that we like our sin more than we care to admit.
We have an undeniable fear of that which we don’t understand or cannot control. My friends, before you know Christ you don’t understand Him and His purpose. Even then it takes an eternity to understand Him!
Religion misrepresents Him, men misquote Him and the world misunderstands Him!
So, let’s be clear: Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, left His position in Glory to come and save the world He created. He brings love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. With that comes judgement, accountability, responsibility and a hate of sin.
Most importantly, Jesus is truth and the world has a problem with absolute truth. It is a sad thing that the truth of His word is right in front of us and most will seek our own ‘truth’ instead.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5 KJV
So, my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be afraid to name the name above all names. Shout if from the rooftops above all. Lift it high and represent it with the honour and glory it deserves. That He deserves! Let your light shine before all people. The light that Christ put in you!
For those that do not know or want to know Christ, please understand that not only does He desire that you know him, but that he has called out many to tell you about Him. We are not trying to hurt or enrage you. We desire that you come to know the saviour of the world so that you, too, may have everlasting life and an eternity In heaven instead of an eternity absent from light, joy, peace and the love of God! Have we not seen enough darkness and suffering? Why not turn to the only one that can deliver you from that?
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:17-19 KJV
It is not in arrogance. It is not in judgement. Simply in love that we share the truth of the saviour of the world!