If you are going to be free you are going to need to think for yourself and this is not something that is accepted in society. Even the “outliers” tend to have a group that they interact within and if you are going to be free you need to be autonomous or self sustaining. You need to understand that you will be misjudged, envied, and talked about. You also will be emulated (1. a : to strive to equal or excel. b : imitate…Merriam-Webster) or copied because your living your beliefs will inspire others to live theirs. Of course, they will claim that they did it all on their own but you will know in time that people gain their own personal freedom and motivation by knowing you, even if they do not know you very well.
You might even make enemies because of being misjudged and to this you want to respond with meekness and see them as “children” who do not have their eyes open yet. Until we become a society that honors freedom and lives it, this will be the situation. Perhaps it will not come but I suspect that before the Lord returns that there will be many around the world that are willing to reach out to Heavenly Father and unite with him in full fellowship and prepare for the coming of Christ just as a bride prepares for the bridegroom and looks with anticipation to being with him and doing that which is pleasing to him and helps him in his work. I believe that this is the attitude that we need to have as we prepare for his return.
The Lord was misunderstood by many and criticized by countless more…can we really expect anything less? The answer is in the beatitudes though, we want to see how we can be there for others without losing ourselves in the process.
Check out Ephesians 5:22-32.