John 15:18-19 If the world hates you, you know that it 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, therefore the world hates you.
I John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.
Recently, friends and even family loved ones have told me, “Be careful how you talk about religion because it is polarizing and some of our friends are offended.” Well, I am not talking about religion here, but a RELATIONSHIP. It is a RELATIONSHIP with JESUS as a personal Saviour in a life!
Acts 4:12 proclaims, “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” This is a very unpopular stand today, because the belief is that there are many roads to heaven and that you do not want to offend anyone with the belief that JESUS is the ONLY way. I do not wish to offend or condemn anyone, but as for me this is my stand. If you have studied and concluded that another viable way exists, that is fine. You, like me, have the right to believe in the way you have chosen.
However, the path of believing I have chosen to follow is not polarizing. It is the NAME of JESUS that is polarizing and yes, is devisive—always has been and always will be. You and I have been given the free will to choose to claim the Name of Jesus or not but as for me, I choose Jesus!
As far as speaking of Jesus and praising His name, I find a great answer in Luke 19:39-40. His followers were praising Him and the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, get your disciples under control”. Jesus said to the Pharisees, “If they keep quiet, the stones would do the praise for them”. This is the reason I praise and talk about my Saviour for all the world to hear. I pray for more boldness to do it more and more in the remaining time He has given me in this life!
Robert J Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida