Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to give hope to all of those men. He spoke in a kind way to them. He said, “Don’t be afraid to serve the Babylonians. Settle down in the land of Judah. Serve the king of Babylonia. Then things will go well with you.”
Jeremiah 40:9 (NIrV)
We will not be afraid of criticism or the stigma associated with our current circumstances, for God is with us, He is in control.