When you ask many Christians or Missionaries who are in the midst of persecution or hardship they don’t ask for the persecution to stop. Why is that? I know when I am facing just a little persecution I want it to stop. Persecution I believe reveals you have made a stand. In taking a class called perspectives one of the things we learned is that when persecution happens Christianity thrives. Why is that? Because it actually costs us something. I feel like if something really costs something we truly live it out. In America being a Christian doesn’t cost us much and that is why we are so nonchalant about our faith.
If we are silent there is no need for persecution. We need to prepare people for persecution. Many times we tell people once they have Jesus everything will be better. That is the prosperity gospel. What we need to tell people God works everything out for good. That good is not just right now.
I really loved his challenge when baptizing people At baptism we should be ready to suffer and die for the Lord. That would change a lot of things and make people think twice before they count the cost of what it means to be a Christian.