Acceptance is important. As Muslims, we want acceptance from society at large and we seek that. Our attitude should not be: Who cares about the kuffar?!
We must deeply care about them and worry about them and want good for them, and this is clear from the sunnah.
But we are aiming for acceptance in light of our principles, not in spite of them.
The Prophet -s- compromised at times, but he stood firm at other times. Some things are not up for compromise, no matter how offensive and detestable society deems those things. And the Prophet and the Sahaba faced severe consequences because they were not willing to relent to certain demands of the disbelievers.
Even though it might not seem likely from our vantage point today, we have to remain optimistic. Drastic societal change for the better is always possible and if society seems to have accepted certain beliefs and practices that are antithetical to Islam, that doesn’t mean we as Muslims throw up our hands and say, “Oh well! No changing things now!”
To the contrary, we continue to struggle and aim high, seeking the Lord’s good pleasure, confident that Allah will effect change on the basis of sincere hearts.