The Romans simply did not understand this. Why couldn't the Christians do what everybody else did - offer the public sacrifice once, and then go home and follow their own religion in private? Why couldn't the Christians compartmentalize their faith, like everybody else?
In our own time, our government increasingly acts the same way toward Christians. There are many examples, but one of the most important instances is the HHS Mandate: that all employers must offer their employees, in their health insurance plans, the benefits - and "benefits" are in quotation marks - of contraception, sterilization, and chemical abortions. And our government simply doesn't understand why we Christians cannot compartmentalize our faith, and perform our economic duties over here, in accordance with the law, and our religious duties over there, in private, however we want.
|St. Ignatius in the arena|
We are the only Christ, that those who don't yet know Him, can learn about Him by. We are the grains of wheat, and our daily witness for Him grinds us into bread. Will we be a tasteless and worthless bread of no value? Or will we be the bread that we really are as the Body of Christ - the bread that nourishes the faith of others?