Do you ever wonder why so many people in the world hate Christians? Have you ever wondered why some governments, China for example, do not want Christianity in their land? What is it about following Jesus that causes such hostility?
Christians posses no physical army that would pose a military threat. Christianity does not teach force or violence as a way of spreading its message. Ironically, most people in the world who despise Christianity don't even believe God exists. So why are they so passionate in their opposition to a God they don't believe exists?
In the Bible scripture John 15:18-25, Jesus spoke about this: "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. Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'
In this passage, Jesus explains why. Against all logic, the world hates the followers of Jesus. The reason he gives: It hated Him first, and they hate His followers. Simple as that.
You would think that when people hate someone else, they would have a reason, like an offense, injury, or jealousy. That certainly happens, but in the case of our society turning on Christians, something deeper is going on.
America was founded on biblical principles and became a bastion of liberty and freedom as a result. That is why people are desperately storming America's southern border to get in.
Jesus ministry threaten to upend everything in the Jewish religious world, they conspired with the Romans to have Him killed.
Isn't that essentially the same reason worldly power structures hate Jesus and His followers today? Call them communist, socialist, or secular progressives, Christianity brings the kind of freedom and liberty that undermines their godless rule. And such movements have no tolerance for that.
That's sounding more and more like the America we are living in, isn't it?