A couple of weeks ago I saw a news story highlighting an Iranian pastor, who was apparently arrested and has received an eight-year gaol sentence for nothing more than being a Christian.
13 years ago Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity. Since then he’s left the country and has been living in the US, but has returned to Iran regularly to visit his parents. He’s been arrested about ten times, and this most recent time has been particularly hard for his family and other supporters because the Iranian government have been lying to them.
This is what’s known as persecution. A few months ago I saw a comment about the lady at BA who had been asked to remove the cross jewellery, saying ‘persecution’s coming to England!’ Well, perhaps it is, but hold your horses. In Iran, and elsewhere, Christians are being arrested, tortured and killed for their faith.
Let’s pray for Saeed and his family, and the many others like him who don’t have the chance for CNN to do a story on them. Come, Lord Jesus.
- American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iranian prison (muslims4jesus.wordpress.com)
- Latest News on Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini (voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com)
- U.S. condemns sentencing of American pastor in Iran (news.yahoo.com)