The reproach of Christ and our cross-bearing do not mean the common troubles to which all flesh is heir. Some think they are bearing their cross every time they have a headache. Almost everybody has headaches and you can usually stop them with an aspirin tablet. Your cross means the trouble you wouldn’t have if you were not a Christian.
Men tried to enlist Jesus Christ in their projects and get His endorsement of their pet notions when He was on earth. One wanted Him to divide an inheritance. Others sought His views on taxation and marriage relationships in the world to come. Jesus refused to ride any bandwagons. Today all sorts of reforms seek to fly His flag and advertise His support. The New Testament championed no “views” on Roman imperialism, slavery, the status of woman in society, or social reforms. The gospel gets the slums out of people and then the people get out of the slums. Evils disappear, in individuals and their environment, as a consequence, as a by-product of changed hearts.