"To this day we are treated as the scum of the earth, as the dregs of humanity" - 1 Corinthians 4:13. These are not exactly the most exciting and encouraging words about being church. None of us want to feel like rubbish.
But to be authentic church, that is just what we need to be ready for. We are called to turn expectation upside down. Using another metaphor, we are to be "fools" for Christ.
I wonder if we are ready for this underside of being church. Of course, it is not that we are to be rubbish or dregs, just that it may be that that is how we are treated.