I wonder to myself. Had persecution not have come would the early church become complacent? Would the gospel have spread as fast. It seems like persecution in the early church was a piece of the spreading of the gospel, because the church was scattered.
Peace and prosperity seem to put the church in idle. I think some of what is getting the church back in motion today is seeing the injustice around the world. Where there is no peace and prosparity, and being called of God to do something about it.