“This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” – Jesus (John 3:19-21)
As the world gets increasingly evil as Jesus warned it would (Matt 24:12), we can expect the world to react with repulsion and vehement hatred toward Christians and Christianity. Why do evil people hate Christians? Because when evil people come into contact with Christians, the righteous life of the Christian shines a light onto the evil person and they can see themselves for what they really are—a sinner. When confronted with a higher objective moral standard of Truth, evil people react with hatred because their own sense of goodness in the way that they feel about themselves is shown to be inferior and worthless. No matter how steeped in sin or how far people can be from God, they recognise the objective standard of moral goodness, truth and righteousness when they see it. Their consciousness may deny the existence of objective absolute Truth, but it is undeniable and unmistakable in their heart of hearts (their sub-consciousness) when they come face to face with it. Hence, the carnal nature of man is much more comfortable living in darkness where his moral standard is unchallenged and his sin is not exposed.
Interesting that this universal truth is not lost even on some non-Christians. Greek philosopher Plato said, “No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” And dystopian novelist George Orwell understood the implications of this for all society when he said, “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” Hence the further Western culture moves further and further away from its Christian foundations we can expect the culture to revolt and react with hostility toward those who hold to a transcendent moral standard of Truth which testifies against them.
The other reason why evil people hate Christians with a passion is because Truth itself is not just an objective metaphysical reality, but rather a person. Jesus Christ said, “I AM the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. No one can come to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6) It’s a powerful revelation when we understand that the source of all “truth” and “goodness” is actually a person! A few years ago, a prominent atheist blogger named Leah Libresco stunned her compatriots by converting to Christianity as a result of being convinced that Truth is not only a concept, but a person. Leah says in her official last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal, “I believed that the Moral Law wasn’t just a platonic truth, abstract and distant. It turns out I actually believed it was some kind of Person, as well as Truth. And there was one religion that seemed like the most promising way to reach back to that living Truth.”
Hence why Jesus said in John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you, BUT IT HATES ME because I testify that its works are evil.” He also said, “…and you will be hated by all nations BECAUSE OF ME.” (Matt 24:9b). The light of truth is shunned and hated, because the truth is represented by a person—Jesus Christ. Jesus said that he is hated because he testifies that the deeds of the world are evil—and despite their protest, they know it.
In conclusion, I must repeat verse 21 of John chapter 3. “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” You may have previously shunned the light, but I want to say to you—come into the Light. You may be freaked out by the idea of Light exposing the evil and moral shortcomings in you, but don’t be. Come into the Light and allow Jesus to wash you clean. The stains on your garments representing your sin and shame that was exposed by the light can be removed, as if they had never existed.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” – John 8:31b-32
It’s time to renounce and repent of your rebellion in your sin, embrace Jesus, accept his forgiveness and begin to walk with Him. He is willing to make everything brand new. You may say that your life has been shattered to pieces, but Jesus is willing to pick up the pieces of your broken life and form a masterpiece. Trust Him. You will be glad you did.