As believers, we are called to be people who follow The Way (Jesus), not our own way. Following Jesus means a willingness to follow Someone who was rejected and marginalised for speaking the truth. People rejected Him because they were offended by Him and His words. They wanted a Jesus of their own making; one who didn’t make them uncomfortable.
In the same way, as followers of Jesus, we should expect to be rejected, labelled and shamed for speaking the truth and taking a stand for Him. A time is coming when the church will be persecuted, even from within, and we must be ready for it. God will empower us by His Spirit as we lay down our lives. Many are willing to die for Him, but are we willing to live for Him?