This is so very encouraging! We are called to live a life of love and servanthood and we are despised for our dedication to follow through. What a great reminder that no matter what hatred the world has toward us and what persecution we endure, it is actually beneficial for us!
I especially liked the paragraph that described the entire point of Christianity. "It was meant to reconnect man to God in a way that bypassed fetid tradition and create a zone of association, namely the church, for God's pleasure and glory." We are here for His pleasure and glory ONLY! He doesn't put us here to live a life of constant happiness and joy, but to turn others to Him and His holiness. We are to fellowship together and encourage each other when we are persecuted by the world because they don't understand the love and hope that we live by.
I love that you gave some history about what Christians have done. This makes the writing more than just a feel-good piece, and may give others a new perspective. These are good examples on the impact Christians have had on the world, not just living for our own joy, but using what we've been blessed with to bless others.
1 John 3:13 says, "Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you." We should expect to be hated because the holiest man to walk the earth was the most despised and He is the one we should be modeling our lives after. Like you quoted from Matthew, we are actually blessed to be persecuted. It is practically a compliment! This means that the world sees not just religion, but Jesus Christ through us.
Thank you for the encouragement! God bless you and your writing endeavors!