In recent days there have been several comments in the media about groups who are challenging traditional Christian values and ethics. Challenging the values on sex, marriage, and life that have shaped our the rules and guidelines our culture has used since it's inception.
Recently a pastor visited a church in Cuba and told the pastor of the church that "I am praying that the Lord will take away the persecution of the church." To which the pastor replied, "Don't do that, it is through the persecution that the church has grown and prospered. I am praying that the Lord will bring persecution to the church in the United States." It brought to mind a quote from Billy Graham, "Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity." The church throughout history has made it's greatest strides during difficult days.
A positive look at the situation is that, in a day when difficulties seem to be coming to the church, persecution can be a good thing- the awakening of the church.