Why is the world so resistant to Jesus Christ? Psalm 2 asked that same question almost three thousand years ago.
Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”
– Psalm 2:1-3
Of course, the “Lord” is Jesus; those of us who love Him are “His anointed.” What sort of “fetters” and “cords” bother the world (i.e. “the nations,” “the peoples”)? Jesus Himself tells us:
Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
– Matthew 19:3-6 [the “all caps” indicates that Jesus is quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24]
The world doesn’t like the “fetters” and “cords” of marital fidelity. They want the pleasures of marriage without the responsibilities of marriage. And now they are even trying to throw off the restraint of “male and female.”
It’s all about who’s in charge. Shall we human beings be in charge of ourselves…or shall we remain subject to the One who created us?
We who love Jesus are being reviled for our belief that marital intimacy should not be separated from marriage, and that gender is a gift from God – and therefore should not be rejected or rebelled against.
Yet the world hates us for our stance…because it hated Jesus first. He Himself said:
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”
– John 15:18
We used to be among those rebelling against the ways of God, but we have now chosen to live the rest of the time we have here on earth according to the will of God instead of according to our own fleshly desires.
…so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
– 1 Peter 4:1-2
Therefore, we should not be surprised that the world hates us.
Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.
– 1 John 3:13
Instead, let us recognize that the people who are reviling our stance against “the sexual revolution” are being driven by spiritual powers – just as we used to be. These people are simply following the lusts of their flesh, not knowing that it’s spiritual forces that have tempted them and led them at each step of the journey that they think is “progress.” A spiritual veil lies over their eyes, and this is why it does no good to reason with them. Yet we should pray for them, for if they cease from rebelling and turn back to their Creator, the Creator will remove the veil from the eyes of their understanding…and they will see what we’ve been trying to tell them.
but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
– 2 Corinthians 3:16
In the meantime, we should not take their hatred personally. It’s Jesus they’re against. And it’s driving them crazy that we won’t rejoin them in their rebellion (“the sexual revolution“).
In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
– 1 Peter 4:4-5
Therefore, stay strong in the ways of the Lord that you have learned. Do not be dissuaded by the peer pressure that the world applies. For their rebellion is ultimately futile.
Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
– 1 Peter 3:13-16 [the “all caps” indicates that Peter is quoting Isaiah 8:12]
Our victory is in our faith, and our faith is in the Son of God – the very same Son of God that the world is so opposed to. Therefore, cling always to your faith in Him.
…rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
– Colossians 2:5
…this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.
– 1 John 5:4