The news is filled with stories of the world expressing its hatred toward the faith and its express intention to take away the liberties and freedoms of anyone who will not bow the knee to Caesar (in our day, celebrate homosexuality, profane marriage, admit that women are men and men are women, abuse children, and, of course, murder children in the womb). This is our culture’s way of demanding that pinch of incense upon the altar. This is our “mark of the beast,” to be sure: obsequious obedience to Caesar’s moral rebellion against God’s law.
It is easy to become angry, and bitter. But we must remember: the world’s hatred of God’s law, resulting in their hatred toward we who represent that law (as we live in submission to the Lordship of Christ), is truly nothing more than the hatred of the rebel creature against the sovereign Creator. The wisdom writer said it long ago:
Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from Yahweh;
But the one who fails to find me destroys himself;
All who hate me love death.
Were it not for the grace of God, we too would be vomiting forth our hatred of His ways to our own destruction. Always remember you have been graciously rescued before your righteous indignation carries you across the line into sin.