Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the [unsaved] that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11–12, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” (Mahatma Gandhi). Ouch! That one hurts. Not so much when it is from those who do not like “our” Christ, because we should expect that. Jesus told us to expect that. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:18–20, NIV 1984). But dislike and hate should not be the result of being “so unlike [our] Christ.”
My Advice – Let’s examine ourselves. We will be hated. We will be persecuted. But let’s “earn” it by being so much like our Christ.