January 6, 2012

People Dying for the Faith in Iran

Let's tell it like it is. The country of Iran is backward in thinking and barbaric in practice. And Christians who live there are at risk for their lives. Then add to the fact that these women are also leaders and one is also a pastor in her community, and you have an explosive situation.


Please pray for Ms Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. And as Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute Christians, please also pray for these misguided souls in Iran and other places in the world who are willing to destroy, maim, and kill in the name of their god.

Grace and Peace,


  1. Can you give the Scripture reference where 'Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute Christians"? Unless I am off base, the name 'Christian' was first used in Antioch after Jesus' crucifixion.

    There are countries in the world that do not think as we Westerners think. It is entirely probable that others think we Westerners are "backward in thinking and barbaric in practice."

    Perhaps if tolerance for others could be practiced (the love of Jesus for all) we could help influence changes that would reflect that love.

    I understand that there are situations that call for strong words, but to make a general statement using words such as 'backward' and 'barbaric' to refer to an entire country and its people seems unkind.

  2. Yes, the word "Christian" was first used in Antioch, and that word for the followers of Jesus probably does predate writing of the Gospel of Matthew. But the reference to blessing those who persecute "you" is Matt. 5: 10-12.
    Yes, it may be unkind but can still be true.