Don’t be afraid of their mean words or their hard looks. Ezekiel 2:7 (TM)
Like everyone else, I want people to like me. But, at some point you’ve got to stand up and speak for what is right – no matter how others respond. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s my experience, maybe it’s being the parent of teenagers, but I find myself caring less and less about how people respond to me. If Jesus had cared what people thought of him, he would have continued turning water into wine, multiplying loaves and fish, and would have gone on a world-wide "raise the dead" tour – endearing himself to the masses. Instead, he spoke eternal truths – hard lessons – that goes deeper and further than the temporal concerns of this life. The masses responded with mean words, hard looks – and the death penalty.