“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they keep My word, they will also keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. “ – John 15:18-21
Recently, we received a message on our Facebook page. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve received nasty messages and comments in the past, but this one was different. We’re going to just put a screen shot into the blog so you can see for yourself. (Note- this individual’s name and picture are blurred our for their protection. And yes, I know, my photo-editing skills are simply amazing.)
I believe I can safely conclude that being told I should kill myself qualifies as hatred. It’s certainly not a loving sentiment. Now, I have no idea why this person did this. I have no idea what they were hoping to gain by sending these messages. But, I know that interactions like this are to be expected.
I don’t say this to discourage you. I say this to prepare you. The more you defend Christ, the Gospel, and your faith, that more opposition you will face. They will hate you. But ultimately, as the Scriptures tell us, they hated Christ first. We continue to preach truth even when it’s challenging. We continue to be a light amongst the darkness. It’s what we’ve been commanded to do. Considering how many men and women have died for their faith, I think we can all handle a few nasty Facebook messages, eh?
So in conclusion (short blog, I know), stay encouraged, brothers and sisters. Keep preaching truth even amongst those who hate you. Don’t be become overly frustrated when stuff like this happens. God’s in our corner.
God bless y’all