“…for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12b
The Prophets of Old were some very interesting men. Kings sought them out for their wisdom and insight. Some leaders tried to buy them. The good Prophets were those who told the truth as God had revealed it to them even though it might mean certain death (when you tell a King that his kingdom will soon end while you’re talking to him, you have a good chance of losing your life in short order). They were persecuted for doing what God told them to do!
We’re in good company. When God tells us to say something or do something that flies in the face of modern wisdom or common sense, it doesn’t always turn out the way we’d like it to.
When God tells a Westerner to go into Mecca to preach the Gospel, there’s a good chance that a) others-including Christians-will question that wisdom, and b) depending on how bold he is, he could lose his life.
On the other hand, if he doesn’t go when he knows he’s heard “the call,” then he is at fault.
Again, it’s a good thing to pray Muslims around the world (Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, and Iraq all come to mind. Pray that God will continue to raise up men and women from around the world to march into those often hostile lands. Then pray for their boldness and wait to hear of God’s faithfulness in answering that prayer.