The message of the gospel is antithetical to the fallen philosophies of men, meaning that faithful Christians have seldom been popular.
Christians, we are not going to be popular. No matter how we cut it, people naturally do not like Jesus Christ. It is almost as if there is something repulsive about the name among people. Jesus Himself warns His followers, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. … If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:18, 20).
Richard Wurmbrand once wrote that every Christian must become familiar with “sufferology”, the study of suffering, for that is one of the strongest apologetic that a Christian has.
Even under fire, the perseverance of a pure testimony in Christ verifies the good work that God has begun. And it is a sign of doom to those who are fallen.
There is this general hatred against Jesus Christ. And we ought to be prepared for that.