Is it just believers in the free world who seem to be spared from the persecution?

Is it just believers in the free world who seem to be spared from the persecution?

Apart from the availability of international news, believers in the "free world" would likely assume that persecution for Christ is an ancient concept. Mass murders, economic oppression, social isolation, and immoral harassment consistently face many believers. The persecution is systematic, violent, and persistent. Our Christian brothers and sisters in some countries know by experience that "we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). Some who come from foreign shores to the "free world" hear and receive the gospel message. As a result, they face strong opposition from their family. Sometimes, returning to their native country involves the threat of death. "Remember... them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body" (Heb 13:3).

The Scriptures also remind us, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2Ti 3:12). In subtle ways, believers living in the "free world" face coercion to conform to ungodly thinking and practices. Their beliefs draw scorn, belittlement, dismissal, and isolation in the classroom and workplace. When they make every attempt to be considerate, reasonable, consistent, and faithful, their testimony, although blessed by God, may often meet the stone wall of condescending sneers. Our God still places highest value on faithfulness (1Co 4:2).

D. Oliver