Whatever others around you think, don’t you ever be ashamed of being a Christian. Let them laugh, mock, jest, and scoff, if they will. They will not scoff in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Hoist your flag; show your colors; nail them to the mast. You may certainly be ashamed of drinking, gambling, lying, swearing, idleness, pride, and failing to go to church on the Lord’s Day. But of reading the Bible, praying, and belonging to Christ, you have no cause to be ashamed at all. Let those laugh that will. A good soldier is never ashamed of the colors of his nation’s flag, and his uniform. Be careful that you are never ashamed of your Master.
~ J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion
, “Our Home”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 401.
Bishop Ryle's critique of "ritualism" was way over the top, but the man has seldom been equaled in his zeal for the Gospel and his incisive way of convicting a believer.