What some believers are facing in some parts of the world is just unbearable. They are tortured, imprisoned, threatened, stoned, killed, and coerced to recant. More Christians were killed in our ‘modern’ 20th century than the 1,900 years before it.
In these last days in which we live, self-love and self-assertion are considered virtues, and our oversensitive, feel-good, forever-young world hates to experience any form of suffering. This is even affecting Christians. Sacrifice, suffering, service, commitment: such words have become obsolete in many churches, and it is becoming arduous to engage professing believers in the Lord’s work.