Unknown, but known 1 John 3 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. You’ve heard of blind spots. When you are driving you look in the mirror to see what’s behind you; you look out the side window to see what’s beside you before changing lanes. But there are places around the vehicle where your mirrors just can’t see. Those are blind spots. People have “blind spots”. Those may be in their character. They think they are perfect, but they have some terrible habits or character or physical shortfalls that they simply don’t recognize. It could be a habit, it could be personal hygiene or some other trait. They are completely unaware of it but it is blatantly obvious to others and may be annoying or offensive. The world has a blind spot when it comes to God. Oh sure, there are many people in the world that think they know about God. In their arrogance they “create” a god out of their own imagination. But when it comes to knowing God, there is a complete blank place in their lives, a blind spot. When they try to describe people who belong to God, they completely miss the mark. I’ve seen that when I talk about guns with the police and others. They wonder how I as a Christian can tolerate the idea of having a lethal weapon around me. When they found out I was on the police force as a volunteer chaplain, and qualified at the range that really throws them into a tizzy. They have their own image of what a Christian should be and do and say, based on their definition of whatever god they have created in their minds. Their god is all loving and all forgiving and would let unrepentant mass murderers and unrepentant child molesters into heaven. They have no idea of God’s justice and righteousness and holiness. They are completely blind to that. We see that blind spot coming out as governments completely disregard God’s Law when they are making laws to govern the nation. They try to run roughshod over our convictions as Christians. They don’t see us because we are Christians, living by God’s Law. If the world does see us, it sees that we don’t fit into its mold; we don’t conform to it. Jesus warned us about that in Matthew 5 10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. He said in John 15 18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. As Christians, we know God. We have a new relationship with Him. He is our Father and we are His children. We become aware of His justice and righteousness and holiness as we get to know Him. We should become more like Him as we mature in our relationship with Him. You know the saying…”like father, like son”. The world does not recognize us because it does not recognize God for who He is. Now the big question. Who would you rather be known by? The world? The world is passing away. The world’s opinion changes like the wind, and he who is popular today will be castigated tomorrow. God? He never changes. We are in a permanent relationship with Him. We are His children. He showers us with love. Count how many times the Bible says “It is His great pleasure to do this or that for us, His children.” Sometimes He has to correct us, but He does that because He wants to make us into better people. Sometimes the road He has for us to travel involves a valley of the shadow of death, but He is building us up, making us stronger, just as the elite military forces go through extreme training to toughen them up for the work ahead. And through the trials of that training, He is right there beside us. While the world ignores or doesn’t see us because we are Christians, God knows us better than we know ourselves. We are unknown by the world, but known by God. That is another evidence that we are Christians.