And yes not being allowed to wear a cross at work is a minor inconvenience.
The White House has rightly condemned Iran for reportedly issuing the order for Pastor Youcef to be hanged. But such condemnation shows how powerless the United States of America, for all its economic and military might, is to stop the persecution of Christians in Islamist countries it does not invade.
And even in Islamist countries it does invade.
Anti-Christian authorities in nations such as Iran that are determined to persecute the Lord Jesus Christ's servants are able to do so. And the book of Revelation warns us that they will be until the victorious Lamb of God returns:
And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain (Revelation 13v5-8 -RSV).
With his martyrdom apparently imminent, Pastor Youcef is one of the saints about to come out of the great tribulation;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7v14).
Refusing repeatedly to renounce the Name of Christ, he has been prepared to endure unto death, revealing to us Western Christians how relatively little we endure.
This piece - David Cameron & Holy Communion - appeared on Archbishop Cranmer.