This is an excerpt from Carmen LaBerge's new book, Speak the Truth: How to Bring God Back into Every Conversation.
The world does not like the message of surrender and the world takes it out on the messengers. We should not be surprised when what God tells us to expect comes to pass. We should get used to being called names, charged with being politically incorrect, or accused of standing on the wrong side of history. Jesus experienced far worse for us. We should come to expect the unbelieving world will be hostile toward those who are aligned with a Lord it does not acknowledge and a God it rejects. We should expect negative things to be hurled in our direction – insults and all manner of hateful speech.