Many rulers believed in Jesus. However, they wouldn’t admit it publicly because the Pharisees would have thrown them out of the synagogue.
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them…John 12:42-43 (GWT)
Always be free to express your convictions based on God’s word. Never let what people expect of you control your freedom to express your convictions of God. Too many people try to fit in contrary to what their deep-hearted convictions about a cause, revelation, faith, relationship or any pursuit may be because they do not want to be ostracized. It is better to be free unto God than be bound to the praise of men.
It is better to act on convictions and be ignored than be a hypocrite and accepted. Take stands with genuine convictions and express publicly with God’s love those things that has been revealed as truth to you irrespective of what ANYONE may think. God Bless You.