If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as 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
The world Jesus is talking about comes from a Greek word we transliterate as kosmos. It is used in various ways, sometimes to mean the planet, the universe, an order, the human family, etc. Let's ask, what is hostile to Christ, and, by association, to us as Christians? It's not nature or the planet. I don't think it's all the inhabitants of Earth. Rather it is the order of the world under Satan, and something else as well, but we'll get to that.
Creation was ordered under the control of the first man, Adam. When Adam fell, the kosmos changed hands falling, also, under the dominion of Lucifer. The first rule of luciferian government is that men can "be as gods". We can handle everything ourselves. Man is the measure of all things. Lucifer had picked up a lot of bad press and a negative image through the ages, so we changed it to humanism. It's still the same message.
When Jesus came along with His message of repentance, redemption, and the opening of the Door into the Kingdom of God, those of the kosmos were, understandably, perturbed. They saw immediately that this meant an end to their power, which is principally the ability to deceive and manipulate. If Christ is king and a new dominion is established under the Second Adam, what will become of the the old order? It's going to be abandoned, destroyed, wiped out, of course. And what of the Old Adam? He's to be put to death, oddly enough, via crucifixion.
And that's the second thing that is an enemy of Christ, not just the luciferian world order, but my own old adamic nature. It is, in fact, my old nature on which the humanistic, anti-Christ order is built. Apart from me giving heed to the old man within, I am truly in the world and not of it.
Current events are, at the moment, pretty dismal. The level of delusion and confusion surpasses anything I remember. The '60s were bad. I was perhaps more sheltered. Newscasts were not so overwhelming. People had time to think a little while reading the newspaper rather than being hypnotized by flashing images and nice-looking people with nice voices telling us what we ought to think about the latest Big Concern. The luciferian order has advanced greatly in the information age. The modern tower of Babel is being built of 1's and 0's. The voice of the old man is amplified to the point that it threatens to completely deafen us to the reality of Christ.
It comes at us from all political points of view, from science, from academia, entertainment, even, at times from pulpits and the voices of those who are considered religious leaders. The solution to our problems is not political, economic, or environmental. They won't be solved by a war, civil or otherwise, nor, for that matter, by surrender to the violent.
I have to stop listening to the fear-mongering of the kosmos and its sympathic reverberations in my own old nature. I need to remember that God is in control. He's in control if he's in control of me.