Jesus told them and through them tells us, "I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another." When we do what Jesus said and demonstrated that we are supposed to do, we may not meet immediate and widespread acclamation. Some people some times are not going to agree with our words and actions. Yet, we are still to follow the path that Jesus laid out for us. So, if we can't expect the world to be always supportive, we can instead turn to each other.
A church that follows the commands of Jesus is a church in which we are loved--even when the world would rather we do something other than what Jesus has commanded. Church, keep following Jesus' commands. Church, keep loving those who do.