I wrote a previous myTake "The latest issues in Australia show one thing. We need to learn about respect!" and had comments that really hurt me. Being a Christian I definitely know that we have beliefs that society don't like at all, but instead of degrading Christians because we have different views with society, we should be treated with respect. This constant degrading towards my beliefs (especially the comments made on my previous myTake) made me think again of suicide, something I had previously thought of because I was targeted and degraded for my beliefs. I was in pain, my heart torn to shreds at the fact people are so low and just rip people apart because they have beliefs that are not what society follows and indirectly saying to "Shut up you imbecile".
In the pain I was in I ended up searching the internet on why people are so anti-Christian and ended up finding a bible passage that just made everything fit together and made me realise that this is what my life is as a follower of Jesus Christ. I had to share it for others especially to other Christians to read and understand that this is our life.
" “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.’ " (John 15:18-25)
The amazing thing about bible passages is everyone looks at it a different way. To me it's saying to realise that Jesus was also hated at his time. If you follow societies views, society will love you. Instead Christians don't follow societies views because we follow Jesus and believe in his teachings. In doing so society hates us Christians.
It's a tough pill to swallow... That society will continue degrading Christians because we follow Jesus and believe in his teachings. Everyone is unique and we should all accept the fact people are different and have different views and beliefs. But by reading this bible passage it's just obvious that any Christian who tries to express their beliefs will always be treated with hate and degraded. Society should definitely know better, to treat others beliefs and views in a respectful way, but this bible passage has shown me that is never going to happen and us Christians should realise it and continue to be pushed around and spat upon like what happened to Jesus on his way to Calvary.