Persecution of Christians has taken many forms over the centuries and is found in various forms around the world in our time. Where are we on this chart? Generally, the progression will be from left to right. Where is the breaking point for each of us? If we withstand the milder forms, we are more likely to stand a more severe form—all by God’s grace. If we cave under the milder forms, it will be very difficult to retain our integrity later on. Think of Daniel taking his stand first against eating non-kosher food, which strengthened his resolve to resist pressure to worship idols later on.
Chart from the blog of Rebecca Hamilton http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2013/03/degrees-of-christian-persecution-where-does-america-fit/