John Chrysostom and fearless honesty

John Chrysostom alienated the empress and emperor by his rebukes of their pride and pleasures. For instance, on different occasions he likened the empress to both Jezebel and Herodias, two of the most wicked women in the Bible. As a consequence, he was sent into a harsh exile. When his influence did not wane in exile, he was moved further and further from the eastern capital of the Roman Emperor and the recent scene of his labour and conflicts.
How do we stand with honesty, even when we know we may suffer for being truthful?

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