“Faith under fire” looks different across cultures and hemispheres. In the east we often see a lot more of the physical manifestation of those who suffer for their faith. As you can see in the picture above, the right two photos depict what average “news” reflects going on in the middle east.
Christians in that part of the world, risk losing their physical lives, being ostracized, abused, etc.
Here in the United States when someone “becomes a Christian” there’s a bunch of celebrating, food, acceptance, group hugs, and all sorts of other celebratory events.
The difference is that instead of facing the kind of persecution the rest of the world faces, we are in a constant battle to renew our minds (left two pictures above). This is why we have so much trouble “believing” or having “great faith” here on this side of the planet.
5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
The challenge for anyone reading this is to understand that social media, news, knowledge, access to knowledge, etc. are the barriers to Christianity here in the western world. Just because someone knows about Christ does not mean they know Christ. So while outward persecution is way more apparent in other nations, we need to realize that the United States of America needs missionaries just as much as the rest of the world does.
The world needs “hope” and many people latch on to that hope once they are found by it, yet in our own back yard, people know about this hope and have chosen to play 20 questions with it.
Jesus said to go to Jerusalem (home), Judea (neighbors/neighboring cities etc.) and Samaria (the rest of the world).
Everyone needs Christ, and what we need to remember is that the gospel preached to the ends of the earth, must first be good enough for local consumption.
The Mission Field is: Everywhere.