There is a man standing in front of you. He is holding a gun to your head, and he asks you a simple question. "Are you a Christian?"
He's asked this question twice before getting to you. The first person answered yes and was immediately shot in the head. The second answered no and was shot in the leg.
It's your turn. What's your answer?
Indeed, all who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
2 Timothy 3:12
We forget sometimes in our culture of comfort that this scenario is not uncommon in other places. That Christians are dying every day for their faith, and have for centuries, that we've been told we will be persecuted, not might, WILL. Is this something we should fear?
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven."
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.