From Douglas A. Jacoby’s A Quick Overview of the Bible: Understanding How All the Pieces Fit Together

The church was never meant to be an association of nice people, but an army on the move. Though we should not ignore the family imagery in Scripture, there is a reason the church is persecuted: Its message is disturbing, and those who proclaim this message must not compromise. In a world as dark and dysfunctional as ours, those who take the light will at the times appear abnormal and even ungracious (though they aren’t).