Ah Yes, Reproach
Having dealt with the coming Evil One (in our post entitled "Great Tribulation? No?"), I must now put the other unpopular item on the table - reproach for the sake of Christ.
Little is said in church circles these days about the probability that we will face slander and opposition and alienation just as Jesus did. His Gospel brings a sword of division between those who are fore-ordained unto eternal life and those who stubbornly persist in trusting in self or other social norms.
The old man of faith Simeon took the infant Jesus in his arms in the Temple and prophesied the following:
34And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Hear a few other passages issuing similar warning:
11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
2 Timothy 3:
12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Now, is the comfort, confidence and commissioning of our stand with Jesus worth the hassle? Yep.
(Picture taken from the film "Gladiator")