From More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
Christians who stick to safe topics like God (the inoffensive, do-gooding, self-empowering God of Touched By an Angel and The Purpose-Driven Life) will never face persecution because they are not touching at the root of Who God is.
Jesus Christ touches at that root, because no one can think of Jesus Christ without thinking of why He came. No one wants to admit that He came because of their sin. People get offended because the name of Jesus Christ pricks their conscience, but instead of asking themselves why their consciences are so stricken, they turn their venom on the Christian who spoke the name of Christ and act like the Christian is a hate-mongering, fanatical bigot who accuses everybody of sin.
(For example, a young woman of my acquaintance was known at her workplace as a committed Christian. When her co-workers learned that she would not involve herself physically or emotionally with a man unless she planned to marry him, one co-worker, who was living with her boyfriend, automatically cried, "I'm not a whore!" The Christian woman was astonished that her own commitment to chastity was automatically considered an accusation toward everyone else.)
Christians are not persecuted because they do not confess Christ unashamedly. They hide Him. The world is becoming a harder and harder place to hide one’s Christianity, for Christ is under an attack at the workplace, in the media, in the legal system, and everywhere else.
There are choices that must be made every day. There are indoctrination programs at workplaces to remind everyone to not only tolerate but whole-heartedly accept things such as homosexuality, which God clearly forbids. There is the slow, steady grinding down of the Christian’s standards; sins like lying, adultery, witchcraft, and stealing are so common that the Christian becomes desensitized to them, and even enjoys movies and books where these sins are displayed without shame and without repentance. There is the desperation to succeed at the workplace or in the academic sphere; Christians literally fear losing jobs or failing their classes unless they hide their light under a bushel.
The Miracles Of Persecution
If a Christian were to boldly proclaim the truth, regardless of the context, that Christian would see two things: more persecution and more miracles. If we want to see great things, we will have to suffer great things, for the devil gives no ground easily.
From The Overcoming Life by Dwight L. Moody
None of my life has gone the way it was "supposed to go," but I don't love my life any less because of the hardships and new directions. I see so much unexpected good in it, and I want others to see the good in theirs.