We who live in the U.S do not (yet) have to worry about religious persecution. We descend from those who fled persecution and came to the New World in the hope of worshipping how they saw fit. Thanks be to God that they were allowed to worship here freely, and as a result men like Edwards, Whitefield, Watts, and others proclaimed the gospel with boldness.
Unfortunately, in many places in the world today, Christians still face torture, imprisonment, and even death. The church is commanded to remember those who are undergoing persecution (see Hebrews 13:3) but this is too easily forgotten since our lives are filled with too many distractions- from Twitter updates, to fast-food choices, to new music.
Take some time today and learn about the story of Gao Zhisheng, a courageous Chinese Christian who is currently imprisoned for his faith. You can find all the details of his story here, and I would encourage you to take action. Be thankful for the freedom you have, and take a minute today to slow down from your own life and get involved for the sake of a man who needs help.