If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday, was known for a sharp wit and a brilliant legal mind. Among other things, he was a champion of religious liberty.
Google “Scalia” and you will find many quotes by this man and articles on his impact on America.
Most true and reassuring however, is his observation of the cost of serving the Lord publicly.
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world… Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.
For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage; (Psalm 94:14)
It’s really a small price to pay to enjoy the grace of the Lord.