Short piece of advice for myself and others who love Jesus: If you are actually sharing and trying to live for the God, the Jesus of the Bible, then I encourage you not to worry about being misrepresented or called names or laughed at.
You’ll have people try to trip you up with disingenuous questions.
You’ll get called “judgmental” or “closed minded” or “uneducated” or “misogynist.”
You’ll be outsmarted and often outnumbered.
It’s okay. Examine yourself, repent of real sins, like that you love TV or money more than God, or that you’re harboring bitterness towards your spouse. But brother or sister in Christ, fellow worshiper of the living and risen and beautiful Jesus, do not give one inch to people who do not love God, want to submit to Jesus, or care what His Book says.
Look around the room. Look behind the people calling you those names or trying to get you to apologize for, or to deny, what God has spoken and done.
There’s usually someone in the room who actually wants to know about Jesus. Who actually is close to repenting, to the Cross. There is often one individual over there in the corner, someone just barely listening to the conversation, who is being drawn to Jesus by the Father.
That person needs the real Christ and His real Gospel. Not the watered down fleshly “wisdom” that the smart ones are trying to get you to validate.
Hold out the real Word, even if most of the room snarls at you for it, because they all need it and that guy is close to admitting it.
And the ones who go on calling you the names, never changing their attitudes toward God and His Word and Good News? What about them?
Well, forgive them. Pray for them. Love them the way Christ loved the mockers and God-haters who stood around the Cross.
But speak boldly. Speak knowing that even if every smart or popular person on the planet thinks you’re dumb or rude or insane, the God who gives out the imperishable wreaths, the God to whom all will give an account, the God who saved the weak and foolish to shame the strong and wise, is pleased with you as you do.
That God said this to Ezekiel: “Be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.”
Pray for the rebellious, and love them, because we all were them. But do not worry about whether, after hearing the truth in love, they like our God, His Book, or you.