Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. ~ 2 Tim. 3:12 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. ~ John 17:14
Many pretend to be Christians, but they will not endure persecution. Instead of this, they blame others for too much rashness, and not acting prudently enough to avoid the mockings and hatred of the world. Therefore, they propose to take wiser measures; and, in order to do more good, take great care not to be despised and rejected; but under this pretence of wisdom and prudence, very often lie concealed a dangerous love of the world and fear of man. Be thou nobler minded, live as a Christian indeed, and be not ashamed to bear the cross of Christ. “The disciple is not above his master.” Has eternal love, wisdom, and power endured the contradiction and reproach of sinners? Thou wouldst be wiser than he indeed, if thou couldst escape the reproach and hatred of the world.
May but his grace my soul renew,
Let sinners gaze and hate me too;
The word that saves me does engage
A sure defence from all their rage.
~ C.H.V. Bogatzky, 1746