Using Misfortune For Good News "You must be careful. People will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will beat you in their synagogues. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. You will tell them about me. This will happen to you because you follow me." -- Mark 13:9 (ERV) Another part of the believer's future is harsh -- in addition to the natural disasters and wars mentioned in previous verses. Not everyone will like Christians. Just as Jesus was hated, so also will his followers be hated. Some will be persecuted and even martyred for the sake of the faith. These are not only to be expected, they are also events that are promised before the return of Jesus. How many years the persecution will continue, we don't know. But, they are an expected evil that we will endure before the end. However, in the process of facing these hardships, we will have the opportunity to share our faith in places we might otherwise be denied a voice -- like the apostle Paul (Acts 9, 22, 26) and others like him. So we should tell folks about Jesus whether our audience is favorable or hostile. This is a part of the plan. This is our opportunity to demonstrate our faith and share our hope with a fallen world.