I have a feeling that over the coming years, decades and centuries, the cost of being a Christian won’t be measured in tortures or rapes or summary executions In The Name of <whatever>.
I suggest the price faithful Christians pay will increasingly be measured in lost opportunities and lost income. Much like a young and attractive Japanese woman (of only ho-hum skills and intelligence), deciding to stick with her $10 USD/hour job (x 8 hours = $80) at a convenience store, rather than go for the prostitute position of $300 USD/hr job (x 2 hours = $600).
As I am confident that Christ will win and Satan will lose, I am certain that the financial punishment and oppression Our Betters have planned for us will fail… eventually.
And you have to admit, being forced to live the working class Jim Crow II lifestyle for a generation or three is far better than, say, the public crucifixions that various defunct Caliphates would prefer to inflict, or the mass graves the Collectivists are so very fond of.
By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.Hebrews 11:24-25, English Standard Version
Faithfulness and a refusal to whore yourself out for profit – literally or figuratively – is what God is looking out for. And those who follow God’s way will prosper (in time, even financially!), while those who despise God and His Law for a pile of fast cash must eventually foot the whole bill for their short-sighted foolishness: spiritually, medically, even financially in time.
The future does not belong to the whore (or the sons of the whore), but to the Bride of Christ (and the loyal sons of that Bride).