The main cause of Rome’s persecution of Jesus’ followers came about from the tradition of emperor worship. . . .
Caesar worship was mainly a political loyalty test; a way to register someone as a “good citizen” at least as Rome defined it. But of course, it proved nothing about a person’s real loyalty. Christians, who COULDN’T participate in Caesar-worship were in fact, often better citizens than those who took the oath because their Holy Writings enjoined them to pray for those in authority.1