Wisdom for the Iranian Church

More pressure is being plied to Christians in Iran. Although they are not the source of the protests and may not even be taking part, the government is blaming the riots on ‘enemies’. Scapegoating often occurs when unpopular governments seeks to pass the blame for domestic troubles.

Earlier this month, according to Persian media reports, Iranian security forces arrested four Iranian converts to Christ and raided six houses they used as home churches.

The Iranian Foreign Minister tweeted, wishing followers a happy Christmas, concluding “May Christ’s universal message of peace be embraced in the coming year”. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu responded: “I wonder what the Christians, jailed this month in Iran, would say about that tweet. I wonder what Iranian youth would think about that tweet. But sadly the regime bans Twitter, unless of course you are a high-ranking official.”

I pray God will grant Iranian believers wisdom in the coming days and weeks. Christians honour and obey their respective governments as they are placed there by God; conversely, they would always seek to better their conditions and obtain freedom of worship. This juggling between two principles requires spiritual discernment.