A friend once told me it was an honor to be persecuted when a neighbor called her a bible-thumper. I never thought of it as persecution, but at the end of days, persecution will be fierce.
If you are a Christian and have experienced no form of persecution, then either you have been very blessed, or you may not clearly understand what persecution in our day and age means or looks like. At the time that the book of Matthew was written, persecution of believers generally meant being imprisoned and punished, and was often under the purview of the government.
Although the Canadian government does not directly and openly persecute believers, some laws they implement may restrict or compromise our freedoms. If fact, many laws allow behaviors we consider to directly oppose the Bible, such as abortion. We are fortunate to still worship freely, but at the end of days, that may not be so. But our faith is being subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) attacked.
Christmas is being called Holiday Season, something as benign as a Christmas tree, is a holiday tree. Prayer is no longer allowed in our schools, and I am sure you can come up with other examples. I do not intend to make an exhaustive list of persecution, but to make you aware that it exists.
As the end times approach, such persecution will only increase as our world turns away from Christ.
2 Timothy 3:12-13
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (Jesus Bible)
Check out some of my other blog posts on End Times.