“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. “Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. Luke 6:22–23 (NAS)
It is now a blood sport to cancel the uncompliant and outspoken. We see examples each day of the once highly revered wallowing in contrition for social sins committed, sacrificing any remaining self dignity at the feet of the “scorning masses,” as it would appear. It would be a shame and a waste to endure such scorn for anything but the claims of Christ.
Here Jesus says that for those who support his cause and follow him, the day will indeed come when people will hate you, ostracize you, insult you, and demonize you. On that day we are to be happy to the extent that we leap for joy, for on that day we will receive a heavenly reward.
This reviling has gone on since the first prophet shared a word from God. The response has almost always been, “Kill him!”
If there is a hill to die on, let it be on Calvary.
After calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts 5:40–41