Matthew 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him." 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, 4 because John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
Note what happens to a person when he communicates the Biblical standard to a powerful person living by the sinful standards of the world. John was seized, bound and put in prison because he took a Biblical stand on marriage and exposed the sin of Herod's unlawful (not according to God's standard) marriage to his brother Philip's wife. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus' ministry by exposing the sin of the people and calling them to acknowledge their sin by being baptized with a baptism of repentance. If people don't acknowledge their sin, they have no need for the Savior, Jesus. If John the Baptist feared death, he would not have prepared people to receive the salvation Jesus came to give.
Today, people need to be prepared to receive the salvation Jesus desires to give them. John the Baptist is no longer here to baptize with a baptism of repentance, but we are here to expose sin by sharing with people the standard of the word of God. God's Law, the ten commandments, makes sin utterly sinful. When people understand their sin problem and its consequences (Romans 6:23a), then they are ready to receive the good news that Jesus is the Savior of the world, their Savior. Are you willing to act in love and expose people's sin, lead them to repent of it and believe the good new of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9)? Are you willing to die carrying out God's most important assignment for us who believe?
Note one more thing. People in power are kept in check if the people they rule stand up for what is right. Are you willing to stand up for what is right in the face of powerful leaders bent on doing what is wrong. Persecuted Christians and babies never seeing the light of day hope we are all be willing to take a Biblical stand for what is right!