There are places where belief in the wrong or in no deity is a capital offense, a fact that makes decent people recoil in horror and, when they can, take action.1
But in places like the United States of America, where killing someone for not accepting the right religion remains illegal,2 it would seem that some Christians recoil not in horror but in envy. To understand their plight, consider the following biblical passage from Timothy 3:12 (NIV): “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
If persecution attests to a godly life, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that no persecution attests to a not-godly life. Sure, you can try to live a godly life anyway, but without an overt barometer like persecution, there’s little point. You are condemned to hide the light of your godly life under the overt bushel-basket of your humility.