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I was watching some news about the political and social environment we are living in today, and a thought came to mind.  "Sometimes, it's just easier to be hated."  This sounds unusual I'm sure, but my intent wasn't to endorse being offensive, or close-minded, or an outright jerk.  What I meant was... well, let me explain it this way.  You see, I've never been a person who sought to fit in at the cost of myself, my personhood, or what I knew to be right.  I've never been a people pleaser or a trend-chaser, and falling in line with oppressive, controlling, or judgmental crowds was never my style.  So, I've been an "outsider" fairly often throughout my life, and I'm okay with that.  However, there are those who want to fit in at almost any cost.  And to do so, sometimes they have to play the game.  So, they do what they are told to do, think what they are told to think, and go wherever the crowd leads them.  And if they don't, they are punished severely.  But, sometimes, it's just easier to be hated... and happy... and free.  Many are abandoning themselves just to fit in, and peer groups are often on the hunt for those who don't fall in line.  But, aren't you tired of having to perform, rather than being who you were made to be?  Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Galatians 5:1 (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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