There will be persecution, frustration, disappointment, and pain as the Kingdom of God slowly uproots the Kingdom of this world. This world is still flawed and still corrupted, and the powers of evil will not easily loosen their hold on it. But the Kingdom of God is here, and the Kingdom of this world is on its way out.

Jesus’ foes will seek to tarnish his reputation and—by extension—ours, calling us “bad” while we persist in doing “good.” There will always be those who will seek out ways to claim Jesus isn’t actually who he says he is and his followers aren’t who they say they are. It’s a risk of following Jesus, and it will always be so.