"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matthew 5:12
This scripture comes right after the blessings Jesus announced during the sermon on the mount. He had just told the people they were blessed when men reviled and persecuted them and told lies about them for righteousness sake.
How like we citizens of this world to go into attack mode about someone we assume to be a good person. Haven't you noticed that? The criminal element doesn't receive nearly as much bad mouthing as the "Sandra Dees" of this world. Remember that song sung by "Rizz: in Grease? "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee, lousy with virginity."
But on and on people go, ignoring and cutting down the Christians of the world for being too good. Haven't you heard people accuse others of being honest to a fault? The intonation says that there is something bad about being honest, rather than good. Haven't you known people that think their worldly ways made them understand the scripture more than the unworldly. Then the unworldly think their way is better and they understand more than the worldly.
It's kind of a stuffed shirt duo duking it out to determine for themselves who is the best, when that is God's judgment, not our own that counts.
Then, we have the ones who retaliate. At the very least, they bad mouth and gossip. In some times and some places, these have caused destruction, even death.
May the good Lord forbid that we should ever have another real prophet. I guess they would have to create another martyr. Their fear? Someone should know more than they! Their response? That person should be hurt for their knowledge. Their opinion? Like Jesus, they should be hung on the cross until dead. The result of not being able to crucify modern day prophets? Attack instead with words -- or engage in terror tactics.
May God bring peace to this world.