From Voddie Baucham's Site (http://www.voddiebaucham.org/)"This is indicative of many Christian’s desire to make the Gospel “cool,” and us acceptable members of the mainstream. Remember the words of Jesus; “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 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, therefore the world hates you. ” (John 15:18,19)"
Voddie's an awesome speaker & teacher. His words are so true! Too many churches nowadays (like too many parents) want to be "cool" and forget that if anything, Jesus' commission was the OPPOSITE of being cool. James 4:4 says "do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God".
Why is it when we go against God and suffer punishment we have the audacity to shake our fist at God and wonder how He could "ever let this happen" to us? When, it's our own doing. I like the way the verse above is phrased, "makes HIMSELF an enemy of God"........God doesn't leave us, we leave Him!