Tuesday, May 15, 2007

But, I just want everyone to love me.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:18-19

Why do so many Christians want to be loved by the world? Why is it the goal of many of us to be loved by everyone? Do we think that the world needs to like us in order for them to find Christ? Maybe we really want the world to like us because we actually like the world and enjoy what it has to offer? We are supposed to bring the love of Christ to the world, but not be part of the world. In fact, Jesus very clearly states that if the world loves you, then you probably belong to the world.

The world hated Jesus. Jesus was OK with that and he wants us to be OK with it too. In fact, it is our calling. We were called out of the world when we were chosen by Christ. We are even called peculiar people. Let's stop being concerned about whether the world likes us or hates us. Let’s focus on what God wants and live for him and him alone.


BMorgan said...

I appreciate your insight and see your perspective. Sure there is alot of the world that is going to hate us. But in "bringing the love of Christ to the world," the people that are drawn to us are not going to hate us. They are going to be attracted to us (Christ in us). So is it wrong for the church to try to be relevant or to go out of its way to reach others? I don't think it is wrong if it's done without compromising (being not part of the world). Are many of us Christians "trying to be loved by the world?" Or is it our #1 calling to reach the world so maybe we are compromising at times in trying to reach people as we seek new ways in reaching the lost?? Also, is it so wrong to "like the world and enjoy some of the things that the world has to offer??" Of course not, as long as we don't compromise our walks with God.

Eric Jones said...

Are you actually condoning compromise? Are you saying that we should compromise the Gospel and our obedience to the commands of Christ in order to reach the world? I know it is a popular thing these days to compromise, but it is not a biblical thing, nor was it something Christ did - ever. What will we be reaching the world with if we are compromising?

BMorgan said...

I'm not condoning compromise. I think I stated that pretty clearly. But maybe christians slip into compromising at times in trying to reach the lost and it looks like "I just want everyone to love me" to other Christians.