It was so sad to hear of the assassination in Pakistan of Shahbaz Bhatti. He was the 42 year old Minister for Minorities. He had bravely spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christian population, knowing that his life was at risk. Watch the interview he gave some 4 months before he died.
Perhaps we have a somewhat distorted view of the Christian life here in the West. Certainly for most of us the worst that happens is for work colleagues and others to deride us (perhaps not openly) or just think us somewhat over the top.
As a follower of Jesus may I too be willing to take up my cross and follow him.