Jesus told His followers:
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. ~~John 15:18-19 (ESV)
Sadly, the evangelical church of the 21st Century seems to have forgotten His words, sometimes expressing shock and dismay that mainstream media, liberal politicians, the university system and public schools overwhelming display blatant hostility toward anything remotely connected with Christianity. And, while Christians absolutely should stand firm for Biblical morals and principles, seeking to preserve the type of culture that (at least outwardly) adheres to those values, we really shouldn’t be surprised by the world’s animosity toward us. They hate us, pure and simply, because we remind them of His holy intolerance for sin.
Certainly, the culture is increasingly bullying Christians, and none of us enjoys it. Furthermore, we grieve to see our American government, in its painfully obvious attempts to appease homosexual activists, Planned Parenthood, environmentalists and other groups, enact laws and render judicial decisions designed to erode Christianity’s influence. Yet Christians must understand that our marginalization from the Public Square is actually an indication that we successfully reflect the Lord Jesus Christ!