And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
1 Peter 3:13-22 KJV
It’s not fun being ridiculed for our faith!
But, I tell you this. I would much rather be ridiculed and called a Bible thumper or Jesus freak for my beliefs and stances than be praised for the sinful life I did lead and all the stupid things I did for selfish gain!
Never once did I bring someone’s heart close to God living the sinful “fun” lifestyle.
And though I have been ridiculed for my faith and my stance on porn and other issues, it is those same people who have been drawn to God through seeing me be faithful and real in my walk through the years.
That is what being a follower fo Christ means.
Yes, it’s a struggle…a daily struggle to avoid the things that I thought brought me pleasure. But my true joy is knowing that God loves me…the worst of the worst and He died for my shameful sins. He has forgiven me. How could I not be willing to be ridiculed or mocked?
And oh what joy it brings to my heart when someone finds God and is forgiven and set free!