“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.” (John 7:7)
Jesus told His unbelieving brothers here that the world “hated” Him. Why? Specifically, He said, because He told them that their deeds were evil. They didn’t like what He was telling them, and so they hated Him.
This gives rise to a good question: Does the world hate YOU? If not, why not?
Jesus was hated by the world because He testified that their deeds were evil.
Too many Christians today are unwilling to do that. We don’t want the world to hate us. We want to be “liked.” We want to be “popular.” We want to be the “cool Christian” who dresses and acts just like the world; we just have “a little Jesus” attached, but otherwise we are like them in just about every way. This kind of Christian (if that is indeed a Christian) is unwilling to confront the world’s sin. They are unwilling to be hated by the world.
But Jesus was not afraid to call the world’s sin what it was. Those of us who live in 21st century America need to be willing to adopt His same outlook, if we are genuinely to be considered His followers. Let us not be afraid to say: “the world hates us, because we testify of it, that its deeds are evil.” You can be sure it will not gain you great popularity here on earth, but it will make you more like Jesus, which is far better, and has an eternally greater reward!
(We might add, by the way, that “the world” here in John 7 includes the lost and compromised “church establishment” that was embodied by the scribes and Pharisees in Jesus’ day. These were the ones who hated Him most — and for this very reason: that He pointed out their evil deeds to them (see Matthew 23). Do the hypocritical, worldly religionists of OUR age hate you, because you point out their evil deeds to them? Or do they have no reason to hate you, because unlike Jesus you never confront them?)