Sometimes we are the rejects (The Cost of Discipleship 24)

It is easy to forget what Christ said about our relationship to the world. We reach out to the world and sometimes it bites us. We tend to gloss over the reality that some people want nothing to do with Christ and they resent anyone who spreads His message. In chapter 24 of The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer says, “The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the divisions which rend cities and homes. Jesus and His disciples will be condemned on all sides for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray; they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace.”
As the Western world moves further and further from Christian morality, we will find an increase of hostility against us. A day is coming when it will cost us to be Christian in the West.
We should not be surprised at this. We should not fear it. We should not hide in our little Christian huddles. We are called to be messengers to the world. Even when it rejects the message.
This is why Bonhoeffer says, “The disciples are not expected to show fear of men, nor malice, nor mistrust, still less a sour misanthropy, nor that gullible credulity which believes there is good in every man: they are expected rather to display an unerring insight into the mutual relation between the Word and man.”


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