“Jesus, the favorite Child of God, is persecuted. He who is poor, gentle, mourning; he who hungers and thirsts for uprightness; is merciful, pure of heart and a peacemaker is not welcome in this world. The Blessed One of God is a threat to the established order and a source of constant irritation to those who consider themselves the rulers of this world. Without his accusing anyone he is considered an accuser, without his condemning anyone he makes people feel guilty and ashamed, without his judging anyone those who see him feel judged. In their eyes, he cannot be tolerated and needs to be destroyed, because letting him be seems like a confession of guilt.
When we want to become like Jesus, we cannot expect always to be liked and admired. We have to be prepared to be rejected” (Henri Nouwen).
I confess that I have a strong desire to always be liked. I have a deep need for approval, so often I hold back from saying or posting anything that might seem controversial or opinionated.
I understand that Jesus was often misunderstood and rejected, and He told us that if we followed Him, we would be misunderstood and rejected as well. He all but guaranteed that we would have trouble in this world.
I also understand that in those rare moments when my faith is bigger than my fears, I find that Jesus is more faithful to me and His promises to me than I am to Him. I find Jesus is more than enough to compensate for any loss of friends or reputation or anything else I could ever lose in this world.
Never for the sake of relevance or acceptance deny your convictions. Never back down from living AND speaking out the whole gospel. Hold on to the faith that has been passed down from generation to generation and found to be true and trustworthy in every age.
And trust that ultimately the worst that could ever happen to you in this life is momentary and light compared to the joy that awaits.