This week a successful entrepreneur with an incredible personal story and a likeable persona announced his intentions to devote his company’s resources to aiding in the current crisis facing our nation…
And, he was hated for it.
The talking heads and the liberal media vilified this patriotic American, Mike Lindell (aka “the My Pillow guy”), because he dared to use his platform to talk about his faith, to thank the Lord for President Trump, and to call for spiritual renewal. Quickly, he became the target of the never-ending supply of venom from the Left.
We see it all the time, though, right?
President Trump himself was quite popular with the media while he was a playboy, entertainer, and mogul. Then, he became a pro-life, pro-freedom candidate and leader. And, now they hate him – despite his stellar leadership of our nation to new heights and then through this horrible crisis.
Governor Kemp was never liked by the media or the political Left, but he became their ultimate villain when he promised to sign Heartbeat legislation and then dared to actually follow through. Now – even as his leadership of our state through this virus has been transparent, freedom-preserving, and life-saving – he is hated and attacked at every turn by those who oppose our values.
Senator Loeffler was a universally acclaimed business executive… until she became the pro-life, pro-freedom Kemp appointed US Senator. Now that she’s the leader they’ve long-feared – a wildly successful businesswoman willing to fight for life and be a bold champion for our values – they are pulling out all the stops to see her defeated.
We see it time and again. Those – even those doing great things from a secular perspective – become hated for standing for Christ.
So, how should we view this?
First, we shouldn’t be surprised. Matthew 10:22 promises that we will be hated for Christ’s sake, knowing that persecution comes from being different than the world. Second, we should live with love, knowing that our persecution isn’t being directed because of something inherent about us – instead it comes because of He who is being shown through us. And third, we should be comforted to know that going out-of-our-way to avoid the hatred will only result in denying what makes us worth hating: Christ.
If even a man providing aid during a time of crisis is hated because he wears his love for Jesus on his sleeve, we should feel emboldened to let our light shine. If you live out your faith, there is nothing you can do to make the world not hate you. So, embrace that fact. Live in love, kindness, and compassion, but let your light shine in the knowledge that the promised persecution is a sign of your faithfulness.
As we enter this election season, we are looking for candidates willing to be hated for the right reasons – willing to be hated for His name’s sake.
Please keep our leaders in your prayers. President Trump, Governor Kemp, and Senators Perdue and Loeffler are leading us incredibly well despite the venom being thrown their way. Please keep our organization in your prayers as our strong position continues to bring forth hostility from those opposed to our values. And, please keep great Americans like Mike Lindell in your prayers as these leaders form the backbone of our society while also bringing glory to Him.
Willing to be hated,
President and Executive Director