A Different Kind of Answer

2 Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

What do you do when you are constantly faced with nay-sayers and haters?

This question was posed to me as part of a group interview question.

After several minutes to think about the question, I could only come up with one answer.

“Move on.”

It seemed logical. But after I thought about the question a little deeper, I realized that moving on isn’t as simple as that.

When you are confronted with nay-sayers and haters in your family or at work, it will not be that easy to walk away from a core part of your life and livelihood.

And there are also friends, neighbors and members of the church who also may be exhaling toxic fumes that discourage you.

When the discussion took place, several in the group stated that they would just drop the folks who are hating on them. And two said they would abandon these haters and identify people who weren’t like the ones who are causing them pain.

However, I found myself at first struggling with what the right answer might be. And my answer wasn’t for an agreement with the others in the group. But rather, it was what the Word of God tells me to do.

That’s when it dawn on me that too many times in my life. I have drawn on the wrong answers to life questions, because I was following alongside what the world expected me to do and say.

With Christians of today being constantly held up to be measured by the world standards,

I believe it is time for Christians to stand up for Christian standards.

Never forget that the world hates you. And that they hated Christ first.

When the opportunity came about for me to respond to the question, I didn’t shy away from my answer.

I had already had scripture in mind for my response.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

I Peter 4:12-14

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