“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow…And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9,
10a, 11. Why is the name which God placed above every name so often looked
upon with disgust, animosity, and even hatred? Hatred toward the one who gave us
life is beyond understanding. Yet even though God exalted His Son’s Name above
all names it has become the most hated name in man’s history. I’m not
taking about the most hated man in all man’s history, such as Adolf Hitler, but
the most hated name above all names. In the United States of American you better
think twice before mentioning the name of Jesus in the hallowed halls of
academia. Mentioning Jesus’ name in public school as a visitor these days will
get you a quick rebuke and if you are a student – detention and expulsion.
Why? What’s in a name anyway? Jesus, is a word
translated from a Greek word “Iēsous” which means salvation. So Jesus’ name – a
name we use every day (many times in the most derogatory manner) means salvation
(our salvation). Most people hate the idea that they need to be saved so they
reject the name of the one who wishes only to save them.
A huge majority of folks these days use the Lords name
in the most disgusting manner. Jesus is coupled together with the word Christ to
facilitate a revolting response to someone else’s angry and suggestive overture.
Many times the name Jesus is used to express some annoyance or dissatisfaction.
Jesus is used many times by many people who ignorantly go through life with
little to no understanding of what they are doing by bantering about the name
that God hath highly exalted and placed above all names.
Why don’t people use the name of Mohammad, or Buddha,
or even one of the many names attributed to God’s adversary such as Lucifer,
Satan, or Baal to express all the filth associated with our imaginations? Why is
the name Jesus, which God elevated above all other names for His glory, made to
be the brunt of so many filthy conversations these days? We can attribute the
reasons for all these unholy expressions of anger and annoyance to two main
categories – ignorance and hate.
Hate can be explained in many ways, but the main reason
people hate Jesus is because of His most exclusive words. “Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but
by me.” John 14:6. Jesus proclaimed to His disciples that there was
only one way to get into Heaven and that was through Him (Jesus). Basically,
Jesus was only reiterating what He had previously proclaimed “He that
believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son
shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36.
Only through Him (the Son of God) can a person enter Heaven. This statement of
Jesus’, for many people, is beyond ridiculous. How can God condemn so many
people to Hell just because they believe in an alternative path to Him? After
all, we can see that many people want to get to God, they just don’t want to go
through God to get to God. They don’t see Jesus as God; interestingly, even
though many will see Jesus as God’s Son they don’t equate the two as one.
Let’s be right up front here. There are no paths to
Heaven. There is only one way to Heaven and that way was just
explained above. The thought of many “paths” is encouraging to a wide variety of
folks who are obsessed with being politically correct. This pervasive mindset
doesn’t allow for such exclusivity as we see in the Christian faith. The minds
of many have been so thoroughly deceived that they believe the lie of the enemy
that many roads (paths) lead to God. In all actuality they do all lead to God,
but not the way these folks would like to believe. Everyone who continues to
believe in the lie which points to many alternative paths to God while rejecting
His Son will one day stand before the very God they’ve rejected, Jesus the
Christ. It will only be as a hearing, though, for their final judgment which
will relegate them to an existence without the presence of God for all of
eternity, which is Hell. Sadly, when they finally realize their mistake it will
be too late.
Still others hate Him and His name because He was born
Jewish, and we know that many people and even whole nations this world over hate
the Jews and have for centuries. God entered His creation and became a Jewish
man, fulfilling many prophecies. That truth is repugnant to those who have a
deep-seated hatred for the Jews. Therefore that hatred continues into the
supernatural. People hate Jesus and His name not even realizing that He is their
God -- the only God of all eternity.
Most won’t accept the truth about Jesus the Christ
during their lifetime. Many multitudes will continue to lash out in hatred and
ignorance at the one who would freely give them everlasting life, the one who
loves them beyond compare. The name of Jesus is horribly mistreated by a mass of
people who see Him as just another man. Some don’t even believe He ever really
existed. Some hate Him so much that they will go to any length to explain Him
away. Sadly, many of these folks will die carrying that mindset of hate with
them to the grave and beyond.
The other category, ignorance, is where many people
reside. They remain in the bliss of their ignorance, never wishing to disrupt
the lives they’ve made for themselves by intertwining themselves with the
foolish tradition of men. “The Bible was written by men therefore it is only of
men not of God.” This misconception of God’s word has and will have a very
detrimental effect on a large portion of humanity before the end. In this
enlightened post-modern world, many people believe they’ve risen above the need
for a God. These days, the enlightened crowd considers anything that has to do
with God simply manmade, pure superstition. If a person were to casually mention
the name Jesus in the presence of one of these enlightened folks they would soon
realize the brunt of their mistake as almost immediately there would come a
pounce on that person like an attacking lioness protecting her cubs.
Many people today have been taught the lie of evolution
to the exclusion of all other very real possibilities. These people believe that
evolution is the catalyst which has propelled humanity into the 21st
century. These same folks are fully convinced that all religions, including
Christianity, are built on nothing more than foolish fantasies, excluding of
course their own religion of secular humanism. Now that the populous has been
enlightened with the idea that there is no absolute truth and the time of
“reason” has been established, they can now say there is no God with complete
impunity. Their zeal is unfettered as they trample on the Name above all names –
Jesus the Christ, the only way to the Father.
Perhaps the two categories of hate and ignorance are
more intertwined than we perceive. Here’s a recent headline taken from the WND
website “Jesus’ name ruled unconstitutional, Judge says prayers to Christ do
violence to America's
pluralistic, inclusive values.” This attempt to bury the Name that God has
exalted above all names is fraught with evil. Satan is the one who is behind
every attempt to rid mankind of their Creator’s Name. But his attempts will
always be fruitless as we who are Christ’s followers are still here reminding
the unbelievers that Jesus is the Name above all names, and that He is the only
way of salvation.
Obviously many will remain in their progressive state
of ignorance, standing firm in their contempt for the one true God while they
continually drag His Name through the filthiness of their grossly flawed minds.
There are many reasons why Jesus’ name is so infused in the culture of hate
today, some of which are due in part to those of His followers. Sometimes
Christians can be their own worst enemies. If we study our Bibles we learn that
we aren’t to be argumentative or abrasive when it comes to our interactions with
non-believers, but we are to be as the Apostle Paul admonishes “Let nothing
be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem
other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every
man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in
Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:3-5. Lowliness of mind means that we are
to be humble servants of the most High God, Jesus the Christ. We are to address
the unbelievers with the mind of Christ who, when addressing the non-believing
world, did so with love and compassion not strife or vainglory.
Does it infuriate you when Jesus’ name is used in vain?
Think about how God sees those who use His name thusly. Does it infuriate Him?
No. He loves them, and He understands better than the rest of us how powerful
the enemy is. God wants us to love those who mistreat us and who drag the name
of our Savior and Lord through the mud. And when we witness to them we might
convince them that the Name they are showing so much disrespect for is indeed
the Creator of the universe, and He loves them and is ready to forgive them all
their trespasses. If only they will believe.
One day, very soon now, all knees will bow and all
tongues will confess that the Name so many willfully abuse is the Name of the
Judge of the universe. Jesus the Christ is God Almighty and without exception no
matter how people treat His name He loves them all. But God’s word is true, only
those who’ve placed their faith and trust in Him and Him alone for their
salvation will avoid that Judgment Throne. The rest will be relegated to a place
that is filled with fire and brimstone.
Let’s talk to these folks with the love of Christ in
our hearts, after all some might just believe and be saved. Talk to them in a
manner that they perceive to be argumentative and full of vainglory and they
will not respond to His name with any semblance of love and affection. Let’s
help all we can to rid them of the hate they profess toward Jesus our Savior
God. We can help educate those who are ignorant to who He is. We, His Church,
can be the light that so many are looking for in this dark world, which is just
about to end, as we promote the truth about the one who has been assigned the
Name above all Names. Jesus!
God bless you all,