Much like my experience in Iraq (one of the many involving savage dogs) it is critical for us Christians to realize that the fierce opposition we get from unsaved people is simply their sin nature reacting against God. They can't help it because it's bred into them. They are
instinctively lashing out at the threat they see to their way of life. In their eyes, we are the enemy. It is with this understanding that the Christians of old went to the stake and were thrown to the lions. It is with this understanding that Jesus was able to say on the cross in Luke 23:34, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." The next time you are insulted or ridiculed by someone who is unsaved, lower your weapon. Don't defend yourself because they don't know better. Pray for them that God will soften their heart and allow His Gospel seed to take root.