There have been times in this planet's history when being a Christian might just cost you your life. There are still places where that's true. Just witness the persecutions some Christians face in the more radical corners of the Middle East.
Look back at Christian history especially during the middle ages. Sometimes Christians really have to hang their heads in shame over what they did. How do we explain the dark ages in light of the Jesus you find in the gospels. How do you explain torture chambers, burning people at the stake? As it turns out the Bible actually predicted we would do those things. Today Shawn shows you where it says that.
I've heard a lot of modern western Christians complain about persecution, but honestly I still tend to think that we live in the freest society in the history of the world. Today Shawn looks at a time when persecution was very real and then he's going to look at what Jesus said to those persecuted believers.