4 Reasons Why Christians Are AGAINST More Things Than We’re FOR
I remember a few summers ago, my parents and I went to a Steelers game. The Steelers were at home, so I was super excited. We were playing the Jets, and we just so happened to sit next to a “die-hard” Jets fan. During the game, I was annoyed by his cheering on of the “enemy team”, while the other 96 percent of us were dressed up in black and gold. Thinking back on it, I gained respect for the guy. Even though he was in the midst of enemy territory, he did not conform. He didn’t try to hide his opinion. He stood with confidence and pride regardless of the fact that mostly everyone there was opposing him.
This same boldness can be applied to the Believer’s will to stand on their faith, even when the World is constantly trying to tear it down, or make it seem like our beliefs are unreasonable. The other day I watched a video, in which one of the individuals brought up how Christians seem like they’re against more things than they’re for. As if it was a bad thing. . . . And I couldn’t help but think to myself: “There’s a few solid reasons why we are”, and I don’t feel like it needs to be portrayed as a negative thing, at least in the eyes of the Believer. Here’s four reasons why:
1. This world is NOT our home.
The truth is, we’re not on home turf. The Bible makes it clear that our life here on Earth is temporary. And wherever our home is, so should our allegiance reside. Our standard of living, character, and morality originate from God. A concept this world may not understand. Even before His crucifixion, Jesus told Pilate that His Kingdom is NOT of this world. As His followers, we are called to partake in Jesus’ Kingdom, by faithfully obeying His commands. Even if that means we have to constantly reject the ways of this world when they oppose the standards of Heaven.
2. We are called to be set apart.
As Brittney would say, "nothing displays the power of Christ like a changed life.". How will anyone know that we follow Jesus, “The Way, the Truth, and The Life”, if everything we do looks like the world? When we answer the call to follow Jesus, and accept His Grace and salvation through faith, from that point forward we become His ambassadors. His disciples. Showing the World why having faith in Christ is the only hope we have at true redemption and purpose. Agreeing with everything the world does, defeats that very purpose. The Truth we Believe is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Way we walk is His way. And the Life we live is His. And there is none greater! Any thought, action, or lifestyle that exist as a resistance to that belief, whether it’s homosexuality, profanity, or drunkenness, should be overcome by the Believer’s will to stand in their faith.
3. This world is at opposition to Christ.
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus walked the earth to proclaim The Gospel; that He was the only way to reconciliation with The Father and eternal life. He offered the free gift of salvation to all who Believed in His Name, and yet the world rejected Him. So to the point of death on a rugged cross. The truth is, Jesus never came to be affirmed by the opinions of others. He didn’t come with the impression that He would be accepted by everyone. And neither should we! Because we carry His Name on our hearts, The Bible makes it explicit that Christians will experience plenty of hatred from the world too. Therefore, we know that we are living the lives we’re called to in Christ, when we’re facing rejection from the world, and we have the courage to reject it's wrongful nature back.
4. The most valued opinion for the Believer, should be God's.
How much of your time do you spend trying to please everyone around you? Whose approval are you seeking - other’s or God’s? Some people have this misconception that there is an imaginary standard of truth, and right and wrong, that comes before God. When in reality, God IS the standard. God’s Word holds His ultimate truth, and that should be the first standard by which we allow our perceptions to abide by. Regardless of how the world tries to classify our belief system as a rebellious nature.
My prayer is that we would continue to stand boldly in our faith. Set apart from the world while we walk in God’s Light. I’d rather be for God, and against more things in this world, than against God and for anything this world has to offer. Believers stay encouraged, know that you are not alone out there. And keep this in mind . . .
Dylan Rucker | Unashamed Impact Executive Director
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