The first step to persecution: marginalize and stereotype opposition. The next step is ridicule and mockery (we see lots of that already, too); then legal persecution (we see more and more of this, too).
Finally, we may get to a point of actual martyrdom. It’s not inconceivable at all. History is our guide. The religion of secularism and leftism is the enemy of Christianity (hence, ultimately a spawn of Satan: not to put too fine of a point on it). That’s more and more patently obvious all the time.
I think at the point where we are about to be thrown to the lions, or just after, a true spiritual revival will kick in, just as it did in the early Church. Then we’ll start to finally see some real, substantive, massive and lasting societal change for the better. Nothing short of such a profound, life-changing revival, in my opinion, could save this stinking sewer of a dead, anti-Christian, apostate culture that we live in now.
The trend is clear in society. Legal abortion proves that, and it’s been legal in the US for 40 years. Aborted children are martyrs to the idols of the sexual revolution and the primacy of individual pleasure with no responsibility. Now the definition of marriage is toppling. That’s all antichrist. We’re getting hit from all angles. The sexual revolution has been at the forefront of the quick and drastic cultural movement away from historic Christianity.