Christianity was born into a culture hostile to the faith. One example is when the early followers of Jesus were called “Christians” or “those Christ-folks” at Antioch, a Roman city known for its sarcastic name-calling. Filled with ridicule and contempt, the name “Christians” was like calling a group of people “country bumpkins” (Acts 11).

 

The world has never loved Jesus or His followers, nor should we expect it to. But as our culture becomes more crass and hateful toward Christians, how should God’s people respond?

 

For starters, stay focused on the mission. Our Founder said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). I know the ridicule and name-calling hurts, but love God, love people, and respond with grace. 

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