by A.C. Williams @Free2BFearless
The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me, because I accuse it of doing evil. (John 7:7 NLT)
I used to work in cubicle maze. The only creative writer in our international company, I touched pretty much every project that our mostly female marketing department produced. If you’ve ever worked in a group of women, you already understand the tension.
Historically, groups of women working together in close quarters don’t get along well. We were fortunate in our little team because for the most part, we did. But there were some strong personalities, that’s for sure, and sometimes, they got sideways with each other.
Three of the gals who all did similar jobs were all in a row. The ladies on either end of the row had very different working styles and personalities, and they sometimes clashed. The gal in the middle generally refused to take a side. So, we had a long-standing joke in our department, that her cubicle was Switzerland. We even took it so far to buy her a miniature Swiss flag to hang up as a symbol of her neutrality. Looking back, I’m so thankful that we could laugh about it.
I mean, I was with her, honestly. Whenever there’s conflict or the potential for conflict, you will find me hiding from it. Conflict exhausts me. I hate it.
But the longer I live and the darker our world grows, the harder it is to find neutral ground. And there’s a reason for that, my friends. Believers aren’t supposed to be neutral. We’re to be peacemakers, yes, but being neutral and making peace are two completely different ideas.
I was reading John 7 for a study I’m doing, and I found this statement that Jesus said to his brothers before He left Galilee for the Festival of Shelters in Jerusalem.
“The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil” (John 7:7 NLT). Cue the mic drop, right?
Have you ever noticed that nobody had lukewarm feelings about Jesus in Scripture? Have you noticed that people today are the same way? What was true then is true today: Nobody has half-hearted feelings about Jesus.
Ever wonder why? Was it His miracles? His personality? His popularity?
No, I believe it was because He spoke the truth, and the truth is never neutral. Truth, by its very nature, is exclusive. As much as our culture and our world wants to claim that truth depends on the person, they can’t. Truth is either true or it’s not. And when we plant our flag there, we will experience hateful backlash, just like Jesus did.
That’s why it’s important to remember that the world hated Him first (John 15:18). But does the world hate you? Or are you neutral? Jesus stood for the truth. He didn’t bend just to make others feel better about their foolish choices. He didn’t make excuses for evil. He faced it with compassion, kindness, and love, but He was relentless and unyielding. People could say what they wanted about Him, but they could never say He was neutral.
Believers, we’re here for a reason. We are His ambassadors, called to represent God to the world, and too many of us blend in too well. I get it. I love blending in, but I’m not called to an ignorable life. I am called to be holy. Loving, speaking, and living the Truth will make me stand out. A life like that can’t be ignored.
It’s time to stop hiding. It’s time to speak up. I’ve been on neutral ground long enough. I’m standing on holy ground now, and I intend to tell the world.
How about you?
About the author: A.C. Williams is a coffee-drinking, sushi-eating, story-telling nerd who loves cats, country living, and all things Japanese. She’d rather be barefoot, and if isn’t, her socks will never match. She likes her road trips with rock music, her
superheroes with snark, and her blankets extra fuzzy, but her first love is stories and the authors who are passionate about telling them. Learn more about her book coaching services and follow her adventures on social media @free2bfearless.
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