“Let Them Hate Us”

John 15.18-20 – “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 kept My word, they will keep yours also.

“the world hates you.”

Let them hate us if they must.

Let them hate us for refusing to love the culture they hold so dear.

Let them hate us for being ignorant of the drama associated with their stars;

for not singing along with their degrading music;

for our absence at the theater when the next horror movie comes out.

Let them hate us for our lack of nationalistic fervor;

for our absence from the rebellion parade;

for our slack hands and silent mouths when their pledge is uttered.

Let them hate us for staying home on the night that the dead are memorialized

for having no tree adorning in our homes;

for staying sober when their custom is to wear green.

Let them hate us for our modesty, our integrity, our sobriety,

But, let them never hate us for hypocrisy.

Let them never hate us for hard-heartedness.

Let them never hate us for lacking cross-shaped love.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Hey Sean,
    THis is interesting. Where is this from?


  2. Hey bro, Brother Sean is the author of the work.


  3. Something very much like this happened to me tonight from a woman I used to work with who reads my facebook posts. She told my Aunt she didnt know if she wanted to keep me as a friend because I had become so “Religious” and she whispered it in her ear like it was a vile word she wanted no one to hear… so sad. My Aunt told her that I wasnt “religious” but a Christian. I hope she keeps me as a friend & that something someone says will touch her heart because she is obviously reading them
    God bless!


  4. […] We should be people marked by peace, kindness, gentleness and humility.  May we not give the world a reason to point towards our lives or the church as an excuse to not be a part of it because of our lack of love, peace or unwillingness to reconcile. […]


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