If you're abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It's the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others.
If they're on you because you broke the law or disturbed the peace, that's a different matter.
But if it's because you're a Christian, don't give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)