"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 our of the world. That is why the world hates you." (NIV)
No Longer Part of the World
The icefield above shows streaks coming down the surface, going with the flow. That's the easy way, no opposition, with the law of gravity helping. As we Christians live in this world that is becoming more secular every year, the tendency is to "go with the flow," "don't make waves." Certainly , it's much easier. There is little governmental interference and not much cultural opposition if we are making no difference in people's lives. There are times when the Word of God disagrees with societal norms and even governmental decrees. That's where the "rubber meets the road" for my Christian belief. Am I willing to live and speak the Word of God even against opposition? The truth is that God expects me to obey His Word, period, even when there is societal or governmental disapproval. That can be very difficult. I pray that you give me the understanding and strength, Lord, to follow Your Word when the going gets rough.