it is important to remember during these times that when the jews and the romans ordered Christians to quit holding gatherings of Christians in public AND private, the apostles and all the followers of Christ did it regardless of such hateful laws. they were tortured and murdered for Christ, and still they did not back down. all over the world today people are still following christ and still being tortured and murdered for Christ, and they still do not back down. us Christians in america MUST NOT BACK DOWN. some of us are called to be martyrs after all.