Former President Harry S. Truman once remarked that no President of the nation has ever escaped abuse and even libel from the press. He noted that it was far more common than rare to find a President publicly called a traitor. Truman further concluded that the President who had not fought with Congress or the Supreme Court hadn’t done his job.
What is true for an American President is also true for everyone else. No matter how small a person’s job may be–no matter how low he may be on a particular organizational chart or strata of society–there will be those who oppose him, ridicule him and perhaps even challenge him to a fight. That is why no person can expect to conduct himself as if he were trying to win a popularity contest. Rather, a person needs to chart the course he feels compelled to walk in life, and then do so with head held high and his convictions intact. It’s simply a matter of taking life in one’s stride to recognize that every person will eventually face the test of ridicule and criticism as he upholds his principles or defends his morals.
No, being hit isn’t abnormal. But…collapsing from fear of a hit isn’t inevitable. Stand firm in and for your faith…and the Lord will stand with you!