IF THE WORLD HATES YOU

They were inseparable. One could not be apart from the other. The Polish and the Polish/Silkie mix…Frank and B…formerly known as Florence and Beatrice.

Last year, we brought home two tiny baby chicks. Learning from our past experiences of being guaranteed hens and finding out several months later that they are roosters, we paid the breeders to have the baby chicks checked by a veterinarian. This would ensure the gender of the chicks. So we did.

It felt wonderful finally bringing home our adorable baby hens knowing for sure that they were, in fact, hens. For the first several weeks they stayed in our house until they were old enough to join the rest of the flock. From the moment we saw them we knew that their bond with one another was one that could not be broken.

As they grew and joined the rest of the flock they remained best friends. They followed one another around. They cried for the other one if they were separated even momentarily. It was difficult to give human affection to one without the other one begging to be held, as well.

But, alas…You know how the story goes…at least in the Mayfield home. Once upon a time, a family brought home baby hens. They grew and grew…until one day…the hen crowed. The end.

Long story short, Florence was renamed Frank.  Round three of our famous hen to rooster story. Even still, Frank and Beatrice remained best friends. Frank became more protective of Beatrice, though, and found that he also needed to protect our other hens. Frank followed the girls around to at least attempt to guard them from any potential harm. His puff of head feathers prevented him from seeing the skies above him, though. He did not care. He had a job to do.

Then one day,..one fateful day… Beatrice crowed. Surely this was because she adored Frank so dearly that she merely thought she was supposed to be just like him. It was an innocent crow…Hens crow sometimes. Right?

True, hens can crow in certain situations. Unfortunately, a few more days would reveal spurs on Beatrice’s legs and a newfound attraction to the hens. Beatrice was renamed B. And the saga continued.

After several days of B showing off her…um…his manliness, Frank had finally had enough. He slowly began to change his attitude toward his best friend. B would follow Frank and Frank would peck him. B would cry for Frank when he was not nearby and Frank would ignore the pleas. B continued to want to be near Frank. Frank, however, moved on.

Honestly, it was heartbreaking to see two best friends who were so tightly bonded in their younger weeks and months, become so at odds with one another. Let me restate that. It was heartbreaking seeing one of them want to be best friends more than anything in the world…and the other one does not want the same thing. What had been inseparable was now changed by a complicated and unexpected turn of events. Watching B try to remain best pals and watching Frank reject him, sometimes in a very rude rooster kind of way, was very sad.

 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18,19)

Feeling rejected? Despised? Left out? B has been there, done that. Even more, Jesus has been there, done that. Read the gospels…rejection. Read today’s newspaper…rejection. Watch TV…rejection. In fact, just go somewhere today and you will see it, feel it, experience it. The world rejects the truth and holiness of Christ. How do I know?

A true follower of Christ would be blind not to see it. I remember praying in a public school. I remember discussing the birth of a Savior at Christmas time…in a public school. “One nation under God” was stated boldly…in a public school, ballgame, and event.  A couple of decades later, however, there are lawsuits, protests, and organizations set against such truth.

A couple of decades later, what was once black and white, good old fashioned truth, has become muddled in a mixture of confusion, deceit, and lies. We see clearly now that the world, in a very evident way, has rejected the Lord.

If you are a true follower of Christ, one who boldly lives out and speaks out your faith, then you will feel it too. The rejection of Christ will roll over to rejection of you. Maybe you have already experienced it. Maybe it wasn’t a lawsuit filed against you for wearing a scripture on your shirt at work. Maybe something more subtle. Loss of a friend or ridicule perhaps? Are you the crazy “bible thumper” at work or school?

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” (2 Timothy 3:12)

If you are a teenager walking through the halls of your school and feel as though you are the only one living for Christ…If you are an adult sitting in the break room reading instead of gossiping. If you feel left out, called out, or down and out…take heart. This could very well mean you are one of the few on the narrow road that leads to life. Only a few find this road…and even fewer continue to walk it. Press on, my friend. Your reward is great!

Blessings!

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” (1 Peter 3:12-22)

 

 

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