From Pastor’s Desk:
1 Peter 4:14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
Insulted, by definition is, to do or say something that is offensive to (someone) : to do or say something that shows a lack of respect for (someone).
In my opinion, “insulted” is not a strong enough translation for the original word, which is, ὀνειδέζω oneidezō (on-i-did’-zo). It means to defame, that is, rail at, chide, taunt: – cast in teeth, (suffer) reproach, revile, upbraid.
Folks, it’s going to get worse than just being insulted for our beliefs. There is going to come a time when we, of necessity, stand for what we believe in. It might be a good time to study up on why you believe what you believe. You’ll be able to stand so much stronger.