Faithfulness to proclaiming the pure gospel and the principles of Scripture will bring persecution in some form, sometime, and somewhere (2 Tim. 3:12; John 15:18-21). Persecution is not the focus of our attention. The gospel is. “Then they (the apostles) left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name” (Acts 5:41). They had done their part in being faithful to the call to preach Jesus.
Whether God leads us to stay and endure suffering or flee for a safer place, let us make sure we are doing what is most effective in proclaiming Christ to those God has sent us to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:7-10).