I’m writing about this subject because as a follower of Jesus, I have plenty of experience with it. From time to time, I run across others who are experiencing the same thing and I want this to be an encouragement to them. You may have been accused of being narrow minded or a bigot because of your beliefs. You may be accused of being a dooms day prophet or a conspiracy theorist for talking about the end times. You’re not alone, and no, you’re not crazy or less than anyone else. You just don’t fit in and there’s a good reason for it. You’re following the path that Jesus set out for us to be on, the narrow one. So when folks call you narrow minded, take it as a compliment. Jesus shows us in Matthew 3:13-14 (KJV), “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” So the next time you’re accused of being intolerant or hateful for standing for the truth, keep this in mind and thank God that you don’t fit in.
Jesus was and is not politically correct and most people hate him for it. So if you are truly following Him and wanting to be more like Him, you will be hated also. “Marvel not, my brethren if the world hate you,” I john 3:13 (KJV). We will not only experience this in the world, but also in the church. I’m sure that some reading this have been told that “we don’t want to offend anyone,” when you’ve tried to bring truth to the forefront. That statement is nothing but a cop out for refusing to uphold truth. Unfortunately many of the organized churches of today are operating under the world system, and in essence have established a friendship with the world. James 4:4 states, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (KJV). Jesus even went so far to say in John 16:2-3 (KJV), “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” Several months ago I was on a trip with my son and had the pleasure of meeting a man who has given his life over to serving Jesus through street ministry around the country. As we conversed I found it interesting that one of the things that he brought up was how most churches don’t’ like the hard truth that he preaches. The ones that have invited him to speak have quickly shown him that back door.
The truth of the matter is, much like Jesus, most of us are dealing with the religious crowd. In Matthew chapter 23 Jesus called out the unrighteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. In verse 27 Jesus says to them, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and all uncleanness” (KJV). Jesus didn’t win any popularity contests with them for speaking the truth and neither will you. As a matter of fact you won’t have many friends. Jesus wasn’t afraid of offending anyone. Unfortunately, many of today’s churches are afraid to offend people, but have no problem offending God. He exposed them for what they really were. He upset their nice religious program with the truth. So because you stand for holiness and righteousness, you may be accused of thinking you’re better than everyone else. Or maybe you’re told by the religious crowd that the church has evolved and you need to change because times have changed. The last time I checked God has not changed.
I just want you to be encouraged because I know at times you feel like you’re all alone, others ridicule you and even label you as a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. There some of you whose families may not want to be around you because you make them feel “uncomfortable”. Jesus warned in Matthew 10:35-36 (KJV), “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” I believe that this verse can also be applied to the household of faith. As the deception increases, it’s going to come down to so called Christians persecuting those who are truly following Jesus. I remember this past Resurrection Day (the pagans call it Easter), the Lord wanted me to clearly understand and not forget that Jesus was betrayed by one that was close to him. I point out these things so that when they begin to happen that we do not lose heart. Just know that Jesus has already told us that this would happen.
So if you are truly following our Lord Jesus, you will never fit in, so stop trying so hard. Yes, you have to live and function in this world, but you are not of this world.
I'm committed to speaking the truth at all costs and exposing lies. If you are a politically correct person, then this site is not for you. If you're tired of all the smokescreens and lies, then welcome, you've come to the right place. - Brenda Kessler