These are strong words from a man who counted the cost to follow Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of God is to be in the midst of your enemies. This is daily. This is our calling. To coward in the face of our enemies makes us a coward for Christ. Jesus said, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" (Mat.10:32-33).