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This post was written by a good friend and fellow Abolitionist. May it be an encouragement and a good reminder as we enter into the fight. God has set the perfect and righteous standard. Let us be willing vessels.

‘For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.’
Deuteronomy 14:2
‘Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.’
James 4:4

We live in a rebellion saturated culture. America is a country founded on and won by the principles of rebellion and revolution. Americans worship rebellion, individuality, freedom of expression. Americans don’t like being pushed around. ‘Don’t tread on me.’ That is the watchword of our culture. That is the surface. Underneath we find that the truth is, our culture of rebellion is just regulated individuality.
Rebellion against standards and conscience? Yes. Freedom to immorality? Absolutely. But beyond that, the pursuit of individuality and expression is a carefully controlled and segregated. We are a culture that worship individuality in word, but conformity in action. The rebellion does not pass beyond the bounds of physical appearances in many cases.
Yet America is a ‘culture of rebels’. I am not here just to harp on the foolish conformity of our youth. I am here to talk about righteous rebellion. If I were to ask who was ready to be a rebel for Jesus, the answer would be a resounding, yes, from most. After all we are still a christian nation in census if not in deed.
Somewhere between seventy-five and eighty-three percent of our nation identify themselves as ‘christian’ (ABC News and Gallup Poll ). Rebellion is good, we like to say that we’re ready to be weirdos for God. It sounds good. It appeals to the American Spirit. Yet somehow there is a peace treaty between the world and the Christians. After all that makes sense, our nation is eighty-three percent christian, right? If that were true our nation would not look the way it does today. Does America look like a nation under God to you?

The fact is that we are not rebels, we are seldom even very different. What sets you apart from the people of the world? A slightly different dress-code? Sunday morning attendance? Those are both good things, but they are a mere fraction of Christianity! A few little things that can be overlooked since you seem nice besides your superstition.
If the friendship of the world is enmity with God, does it not follow that the friendship of God is enmity with the world?
We are not standing up! When you’re the only one standing in a room full of sitting people, they notice you. If we were standing up, we would be different. The Bible says ‘A peculiar people’. We do not need to seek to appear different, if we really follow what God say we will be different. Our nation is not Christian and if we act like Christians, really lived our faith according to God’s command and Jesus’ example, we will stand out.
We say we are willing to be rebels for Christ, yet our lives reflect little or nothing. The fact is, rebellion is hard, being the minority is hard. When the majority lauds and supports the minority, it isn’t hard being the minority, is it? But the fact is the world will hate us. They hate even the idea of a just God, the idea of consequences and accountability. Jesus is a rock of offense and they will despise Him and those who stand for Him, even if they do not realize why. For God to use us we must be empty vessels. But we have to accept God. Satan does not need the invitation, the empty are ready vessels waiting and open to be used by him. They will not remain empty, something will fill them, like the man in Matthew 12:43-45. I’m not saying that everyone is demon possessed, I believe Satan can use people without them being possessed. There are no noncombatants in this war, there are only allies and enemies.
It is hard when the rubber meets the road, when the hatred is not a vague impersonal concept of evil people out there somewhere who don’t like you. When it is acquaintances, neighbors, and friends that begin to cut a wide berth around you. If your nation is eighty-three percent ‘Christian’, than you are going to be hated by ‘Christians’!
I am not saying to seek hatred. The Bible says, ‘If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.’ We are not to try to alienate and anger people, but if you emulate Christ’s example, it will happen as a result.
Just remember, those that hate you for following God are the enemy. Did the allied forces in World War II worry that the Nazis would hate them? No, they stormed Normandy beach, they fought the Japanese tooth and nail for the hills of Iwo Jima! If the enemy loves you, then you’re on the wrong side of the battlefield! We do not need to fear to be hated by the enemy.

God has called us to righteous rebellion. True Christians have always been and always will be the rebels. Look at Peter and Paul and the apostles who ‘turned the world upside down’, ‘doomsday-ers’ like Noah and Jeremiah, John the Baptist ‘fanatic’, The world has never had true peace with Christians and never will.
I can almost guarantee that if you could go back to the inception of our nations independence, when we were newly founded, a nation under God; that the true Christians still would have challenged the status quo and still would have been hated. Even if the laws of the nation were right, they would be hated for standing for God. Maybe just to admonish people to live lives truly surrendered to Christ, for instance. They would still be hated.
As Christians, we are very fond of talking about being a ‘weirdo’ or ‘Jesus Freak’. It is easy to say and easy to rally around, but are we truly willing to be righteous rebels for God? Do we mean it? Are we willing to be hated for His name’s sake? I’m not saying that it might happen, the Bible says that it will happen. Jesus is a rock of offense to them. But to us He is the cleft in the rock, the hiding place, the shield and protector, and we can face the world with no fear.


People, both confessing Christian and non-Christian, hate to be confronted with the light of truth. Light in painful to the eyes accustomed to darkness. Darkness can be a comfortable place to be. It hides your accountability. It covers up the scars and masks the condemnation. Darkness is where Adam hid in the garden after he sinned against the Holy God. It is the covering of fig leaves fashioned in foolish desperation. It is the dank hold of the ship where Jonah lay in hiding. We, as Christians, are commanded to be salt and light in our culture. That light is none of our own but the light of Jesus’ gospel. God sent His light when He gave His only begotten Son. We are commanded to declare this light. If we truly have a relationship with our Father we can’t help but tell the world about Him. His commands are no longer grievous but a joy.

When you obey the Lord and shine as a light in the darkness you will be condemned and reviled. Both professing Christians and non-Christians will call you hateful and judgmental. If you oppose the evil you will face accusations. Truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth. It has never been politically correct to expose the works of darkness. We live in a country that worships tolerance and acceptance. God doesn’t tolerate sin and neither should His children.

John 3:17-19 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

The darkness hates the light because it loves the evil that it clings to. We don’t have to condemn the world because the world is already condemned. The righteous law of God has condemned them for us. Their conscience bares witness that they have broken the perfect standard of their Creator.

Verse 19 says that the condemnation is the light that is come into the world. Don’t be afraid to stand for truth. The anger that others feel toward you for declaring the message of truth is the conviction of the Holy Spirit against a wicked heart. The world and the worldly Christian will try and convince you that you are being unloving and even hateful if you boldly stand for truth against the evils of our age but our guide shouldn’t be the opinions of men but rather the Word of God. It can be discouraging to be told that you are being too zealous and unloving, that you don’t care for the people you are trying to reach. The devil will do anything to weaken the message of light. He knows that we have the lamp that lights the path to salvation. He loves to dim that light. I hope that I can encourage you in your stand for truth and bring the truth of God’s Word into conflict with the opinions of those that assist the devil in his attempts at dimming your light and weakening your boldness.

The world is accepting of God as long as He is shown only as loving and merciful. The modern church has caught on to this and has presented a god stripped of his righteousness, wrath and justice. They no longer worship the God of the Bible but an idol of the imagination and, quite frankly, the world loves him. Why wouldn’t they? He is a god of darkness. The light has been removed. But this isn’t the God that I serve. I serve the Almighty God. And this God, though loving, gracious and full of mercy, demands that we fear Him. The sin sick world hates this. I don’t blame them.

God cries out in Deuteronomy 5:29, O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!”

Nehemiah appointed rulers for Jerusalem in Nehemiah 7:1-2 and his requirement was that he was a …faithful man, and feared God above many.”

Proverbs 3:7 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” This is a command. Many Christians try to apologize for this. We don’t think He really meant what He said. We dim the message by saying that what He really meant was for us to reverence Him. Fearing God is not politically correct. Might it be that they have never met God? When Isaiah saw God in Isaiah 6:5 he fell on his face and cried, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…” Notice that God didn’t object to this reaction. He sent the seraphim unto Isaiah with the burning coal from the alter and cleansed the sin for which Isaiah was condemned. This should be us when we meet the LORD. Should Isaiah have apologized for the “radical Christians” that point to the righteous judgment of God? This fear isn’t the cutesy honor that most Christians make it out to be. Matthew 10:28 tells us, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Christian, that is your God. The God that is love is also pure righteous judgment.

As a Believer that has been delivered from our sin and condemnation, we don’t have to stay here because “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” Once we are reconciled to God we can have a deep and loving relationship with Him. But many professing Christians have never even begun to fear the Lord because the god they serve never required it of them.

So what does the fear of the Lord look like? Proverb 8:13 gives us the answer. “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil…” To hate evil…what a thought! This is a foreign concept to many. Tolerance and acceptance doesn’t allow such a thing. Hating evil is exposing and reproving it. It is showing the wages of sin. It is declaring the deliverance from its destructive end. It is being salt and light.

Psalm 97:10 says, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil…” Do you love the LORD? If you do you will hate evil. Examine your heart. What sin do you cling to? What evil do you give a pass out of apathy? What idol have you refused to give to Him? Don’t hide behind the good you do. God hates this kind of worship and service. He desires a clean heart.

The world and the worldly church shrink at the sound of this message. Why? Because it is painful. But that’s okay; it should be. God hates our sin. Read Proverbs 6. Psalm 7:11 says, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” The world needs to hear the danger they are in. It should break your heart. Hell is their destination. Ephesians 5:6 says that because of fornication, all uncleaness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, whoremongering and idolatry the wrath of God is upon the children of disobedience. Jesus is coming back to “smite the nations” and to “rule them with a rod of iron.” The perfect righteousness of God is no joke but the churches today would like you to think so. They will tell you that this is hateful to tell people. If this is true than Jesus was hateful. They are calling the God of love, who became sin for us, a hater of mankind. What a disgusting accusation against God. They don’t know Him.

Hebrews 11:7 tells us that, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” By faith Noah condemned the world. He believed God and preached for a hundred years about the coming judgment. His righteous actions condemned the world in that it shown the light of his obedience on the evil hearts of those that hated God. That is what we are called to do today. Stop apologizing for your righteous stand. Christian, be encouraged that you are not alone in shining as a light. The preaching and preparation for the coming judgment was the most loving thing that Noah could have ever done.

A good friend of mine pointed out that in James 3:17 it says, But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable.” Often we focus so much on being at peace with everyone that we compromise the purity of our message. Don’t be afraid to speak the unadulterated Words of God. They bring life.

“Judge not lest ye be judged!” This is a favorite among those that oppose the gospel message. It is taken from Matthew 7:1-2 which says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged…” This is talking about hypocrisy. The Bible actually commands that we make righteous judgment. In Amos 5 God tells us that He hates when people praise Him with their lips but their heart is far from Him. He says, “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Righteous judgment is proof of our faith.

John 7:24 states that we should, “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” We are to judge righteously. Not in condemnation but in truth.

You will be called hateful because the world hates the truth. Amos 5:10 says, “They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.” Let that be said of us.Stand for truth no matter what man may say. Judge righteous judgment despite the accusations of the church-goers. We are on the side of right so let us be the light God has commanded of us. There’s no need to be discouraged when God is on your side.

Shine on in the darkness!