The World Says
The World says– I am blind, blind to the truth
For closing my eyes to their ways, Lord
And choosing to seek only You
The World says—my truth is a lie
Trust nothing I say, my words they all twist,
My best intentions, they vilify
The Worlds says– I am impractical
For practicing traditions of old,
A bible-thumping radical
The World says– I am irrelevant
And the beliefs I hold true
Are scorned for being intolerant
The World says– I am an extremist
For holding fast to my values,
An uncompromising idealist
The World says– I am nothing but trouble
For boldly going against the grain,
A holy-rolling, misled rebel
The World says words that stir me to tears
Yet my fears rest in You Lord, I can persevere
And what the World says–will fall on deaf ears
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I was recently called an extremist because of my belief in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible. The label hurt because, frankly, I am not an ‘extremist’ by society’s interpretation of the word. I am, however, a passionate person and when I feel strongly about something, I stand up for it. Don’t we all?
From Catholics to Evangelicals, labels like extremist, bible thumper, intolerant, radical or holy-roller are used with the intention of denigrating and mocking the passion that we have for our Christian faith. I am a Christian woman that upholds the Truth, lives her faith and shares it with others out of love. Yet, the colleague that recently labeled me an extremist considers me one because I am a bible believing, bible practicing follower of Jesus Christ. When we spoke about her visiting my church or working in a similar church setting, she defiantly stated that the experience “would be hell!” Isn’t this comparison a bit extreme? I thought so. Yet according to her, I’m the extremist.
It’s a sad situation, but more and more, Christians are being vilified for standing up for their beliefs and for sharing it with others. We’re demonized by the Media through the likes of Bill Maher types whose only goal is to mock and discredit the ideals and beliefs on which our faith is rooted. Jesus did say that we would be persecuted because of Him (John 15:18-21) and as time goes on, it will only become worse.
John 15:18-21: “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the One who sent me.
In spite of what the world says or tries to do to discourage us or discredit our faith, we must cling to the eternal promises given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 2: 17: The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.