John15:18 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. (NIV)
The world hates the the Name of Jesus. And if you proclaim his wonderful name you will be hated also. When we try to blend in with the world we usually will stick out because we walk in his light. People will diregauard you because of your stance or your beliefs. We also need to be careful how we allow others to influence us. Sometimes we want to blend in because of old friendships but usually those friendships will fall by the wayside. A lot of the time we hang onto things because we are afraid of rejection . When we choose to walk in the light we are choosing we rejection and even being hated.