Let's Quit Trying to Make Christ "Popular" or "Cool"

People are constantly trying to make Jesus popular, but this devotion explains why it will never happen.

Some people think the Pharisees were the only people who opposed Christ, but that's not true. 
The majority of people who followed Jesus did so for what they could get from Him (healing or a free lunch), and they rejected Him when He said things they didn't like, which He did often.(1) 

Numerous Bible passages confirm that most people hated Christ (John 3:19; John 7:7; John 15:24-25; John 17:14). And Christ warned us:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18.

Because we understand the wonderful love of Christ, we sometimes think it's our job to make Him popular with the world at large. That's why so many churches have backed away from preaching the unpopular parts of the gospel and why so many people are trying to present Christ as "cool" and "likable" in books and entertainment.

However, if Christ Himself in the flesh was not popular with the world, the only way we will make Him popular is by misrepresenting His character and purposes.

Any time we present Christ, we must do so with careful attention to His character and His words as presented in Scripture. He offered love and grace, but He also condemned sin, called for repentance, and warned people of Hell.(2)
People are constantly trying to make Jesus popular, but this devotion explains why it will never happen.
must remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). We love Him for who He is, not for who the world wants Him to be.

(1) John 6 makes this perfectly clear. See also When the Good News Reveals the Bad News.

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