Do You Ever Feel Ridiculed For Professing Your Faith?

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Do you ever feel ridiculed for professing your faith?  I’m sure that it is becoming more and more common today in a world where love of sin is becoming prominent.  You may have some friends de-friend you for what you believe, or some may continuously pick arguments with you trying to ‘trip’ you up.  This is not new to our generation.  Throughout the Bible, it shares time after time of persecution of believers, and of those who professed to believe in Jesus Christ.

Let me share a little story about Abraham [Genesis 17].  Now, he lived for ninety-nine years under the name of Abram, which meant ‘father’.  At this point in his life, he had no children.  The Lord appeared to Abram, and told him he shall be called Abraham, which means ‘father of a multitude’.  Can you imagine how ridiculous Abraham looked in the eyes of his servants when he announced that he was to be called Abraham?  He was childless!  But Abraham trusted God and believed it when God told him he would ‘be the father of many nations’.  He believed!  He had faith!  Wow!  That’s powerful!

Such is the same as professing your faith.  You may be ridiculed, made fun of, laughed at, or mocked, but God told us that this would happen.

1Peter 4:14 So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.

Do not be discouraged or disparate.  Continue to worship and praise God for everything in your life, good and bad.  Do not be ashamed of your faith. Stand up and stand strong .  We must be willing to speak out and share God’s message with others, regardless of their thoughts about us.  It is time for Christians to band together and profess what we believe, loud and clear!  

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

12 thoughts on “Do You Ever Feel Ridiculed For Professing Your Faith?

  1. cairnr

    Although my religious views are radically different than most people’s, I believe that faith is faith is faith. People who don’t understand their own capacity for faith are the ones who do most of the mocking. I think that when they mock, it is their own internal voice trying to work its way towards faith. So let them mock, love the mocking and endorse their education 🙂

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Cairnr, I don’t equate ‘religion’ with ‘faith’. Religion, for me, is man-made, whereas my faith comes from God. As I study and learn, my faith grows stronger. I believe that those who mock are lost in their own world of sin. That is my conclusion of my studies, and I understand that everyone interprets ‘faith’ differently, or even the reaction of others to someone’s faith. I find the way that God, the one I believe is the creator of the heavens and earth, is very unique, to say the least. Everyone has their own beliefs, sometimes much different than others, but for me…I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross not just for me, but for everyone. He is my Lord and Savior and I rest in knowing that I will spend eternity with Him.

  2. Bongo

    Well YOU know how I can relate to this…. there are days I see or hear something about faith or The Bible.. sometimes I get angry and or passionate yet I let the comments words etc slide by and never say what I truly feel and believe… I recently read a comment about how we can’t and shouldn’t take the Bible lierally… I backed down I kept my mouth shut.. afraid to offend someone… I was so wrong for not standing up for what I believe and in a sense denying God…(because in my heart I do take the Bible literally and it should be… Faith that these are Gods words to us… Thank you for posting this.. I love you XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Bonnie, even Peter denied Jesus, not just once…but three times! Just as Jesus predicted! In Matthew 10:33 Jesus warns us that if we deny him before others, He will deny us before His father. We need to stand strong for our beliefs, our faith. We must not be led astray. But remember, that it is not our place to argue with others, which in disagreeing with someone who doesn’t believe as we do will most certainly lead to that. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 deals with this situation directly. We are all human and God knows that. We are how he made us. Don’t beat yourself up over something like this. Our sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ! He already knows when we are going to make a mistake. Isn’t that wonderful? He knows our every move, our every thought, our every word. He knows our heart! He knows our struggles. Just continue to grow and plant seeds. That is what He asks of us. Love you Chicky ♥♥♥

  3. Dangerous Linda

    Dear Mary,

    Welcome back! Holding you in my heart as you heal!

    You don’t have to be a Christian to be ridiculed or criticized for your faith. Last week at my Celestial Visioning New Moon Gathering a Christian group was using the adjoining meeting room at the hotel where we practice. Because we were burning incense and they didn’t understand our practices they complained to the management of the hotel saying we were, “…burning incense, dancing around partially nude and probably worshiping the devil…”

    I don’t think this has to do with Christian or Non-Christian. I think it has to do with respecting others’ right to practice their own faith even when we don’t agree with it.

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Thank you Linda. Although my father was older and his health was failing, this was totally unexpected. He is certainly missed around here and the house is just not the same without him. I had become so caught up in his care that now I find myself with free time on my hands, and I’m not used to that 🙂

      As this is a site with writings about the Word of God, The Bible; faith in God; and Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I can only testify to the challenges a Christian endures in their daily life. I do understand the insensitivity and rudeness of people towards others, and it seems to be getting worse all around the world. I am not here, on this planet, to be judgmental of others or what they participate in. Someone may not agree, or understand, what one is doing but that doesn’t give anyone the right to be disrespectful to another. God tells us that ‘love’ is so important. I think that everyone needs a little more ‘love’ in their life. We all need to show more ‘love’ to others, and that includes respect. I pray everyday that God will lead my steps, keep my mouth shut when necessary, and help me to do what He wants me to do to bring glory to His Holy name ♥

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Welcome Vrindava! Our society has changed tremendously, and I worry so much about our younger generation and how they are being taught. I feel very led to stand up and speak out, especially after my son shares what he has learned in his school.
      I know that so many are fearful of their government or political rings in today’s world. That is no longer my fear…I only fear God, for I know that He can overcome anything that is done here on earth 🙂
      Thank you for visiting!

  4. Martha Orlando

    Mary, this is such a powerful post, especially coming so closely on the heels of your father’s passing. Your call for us, as Christians, to come together and stay strong in the face of ridicule is of utmost importance. Our country is in dire need of repentance and revival. Satan is having a heyday here and would love nothing better than to destroy our Christian heritage reflected in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I fear for our country, but I pray to the Lord, knowing He will have the victory in the end.
    Blessings to you, dear friend, and thank you for the inspiration!

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Martha, our God is truly amazing! I won’t go into all the detail surrounding my father’s death, but I truly believe that God made his soul a number one priority in my life. The way everything happened over the last couple of months, the conversations we had, the areas of the Bible I was led to read to him…it all came together after he passed away. My father was 90 years old. He was raised a devout Orthodox Catholic. He had not been to church in a very long time, told me he didn’t know how to pray, and had never read the Bible, nor had he ever owned one. In a very short time, we prayed together, he prayed by himself, he listened to reading of the Word, and he even attended church. Shortly after this began, he lost the use of his legs. For eight weeks, I talked to him about his salvation. God drew him near and he began to understand. I rest truly believing that he is in Heaven now, and I will see him again one day.
      But, in all of this, I learned a great lesson. Everyday, we see people in our lives that appear strong and confident, when in fact they may be hurting inside and don’t know how to ask for help. They feel they would appear ‘weak’, and they are embarrassed. God showed me that nothing should be taken for granted and that everyone that I come in contact with my be one that doesn’t know how to ask for help. Of course, I still consider myself young in my faith, and God is making it very easy as he is putting people in my life one at a time and I can recognize this. When I say this…I’m talking about people who I haven’t talked to in 15-20 years! It is simply amazing to me how our God works in us!
      I agree with you about our country wholeheartedly! Our pastor says that all the time! I also realize that all of this will have to occur in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled. What we are seeing in today’s world is just the tip of the ice-burg of what is to come. I pray to God that he will give people the ears to hear!
      God bless you and your family Martha!

  5. Jessica Mokrzycki

    It’s a really sad thing that people have to marginalize others for their beliefs. I have definitely felt ridiculed at times when I was a Christian by others who rejected my views as well as by Christians now that I no longer hold them. I guess we can all just hope that as time progresses we, as people, start to realize that we share far too many similarities than differences and the similarities are what should be focused on. Everyone wants peace, everyone wants happiness…if we recognize that maybe we can accept the differences and move towards a better future where there is more harmony. Thanks for making me think and reflect. 🙂

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Jessica, so glad to see you! I believe that sometimes, we are so strong in our beliefs that we do marginalize others without even realize that is what we are doing. I find that I have to be very selective with my words to say what I want to say to support my beliefs without saying something that sounds like I am condemning another. Christianity is supposed to be the faith that leads by ‘love’. I know that isn’t always easy, and I guess no one ever said it would be an easy road.
      You are so very right, everyone seems to want the same thing in life, peace and happiness, plus kindness and love…but everyone seems to be taking a different path to find that recipe. My purpose isn’t to berate another’s beliefs, but to share the love of Jesus Christ with them. In today’s world, there are so many beliefs. If you are one who believes in the Scripture, it can very easy to be deceived by Satan. I pray every day for strength, wisdom, and understanding in the Word of God. It amazes me how patient God is with me as I grow 🙂
      Thank you Jessica for visiting and leaving your reflections ♥♥♥

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