Godliness irks the ungodly (both the ungodly in and beyond the church)! Saying or doing the right thing does not always result in people around you (including fellow Christians) liking you. On the contrary, they may get very unhappy with you.
In Ac.7:51-60, Stephen spoke the truth and said what was totally right about God’s stiff-necked people and religious leaders. Instead of feeling sorry, they got very angry and stoned Stephen to death.
At the end of the day, the question is whether we are man-pleasers or God-pleasers. Man-pleasers will say and do all the politically correct things in order to obtain favour and get ahead. While they may gain worldly accolades and success, they lose favour with God.
God-pleasers on the other hand may lose favour with man but they gain God’s pleasure and favour. While they may not have earthly success, they will be well rewarded in eternity.
Everyday, we get to choose whether to be God-pleasers or man-pleasers. May the Lord embolden us to choose only to please Him, not even to choose to please ourselves and to advance our own opinions.
“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.” When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.” – Acts 7:51-60 NIV