It is with a heavy heart that I follow up with you this Friday on a post I did some months back…
It appears by today’s stories that Iran has committed Pastor Youcef to death.
A trial court in Iran has issued its final verdict, ordering a Christian pastor to be put to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity, according to sources close to the pastor and his legal team.
Supporters fear Youcef Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old father of two who was arrested over two years ago on charges of apostasy, may now be executed at any time without prior warning, as death sentences in Iran may be carried out immediately or dragged out for years. Read more here.
I do not wish to elevate one life above another.
I know people die and loose loved ones all over the world at any given minute however I am so sad for this family has they have experienced and will experience things that you and I can not fathom.
I sit here, with the freedom to pray and read my Bible, the freedom to attend church on Sunday and I take it for granted in a way that is up hauling.
Meanwhile people like Youcef are willing to die for Jesus.
Willing to say goodbye to his beautiful wife and darling boys (whom I imagine he has not seen in some time) for the sake of Christ.
“For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”
We American Christians are so spoiled.
He will be with his Savior in heaven and only seperated from his family for a short time when you consider eternity… but what a brave man.
What a sick world.
Of course we should not give up praying for a miracle.
Let us not forget the Voice of the Martyrs.
Let us not forget that people all over the world are being killed for their faith in Jesus.
Let us not forget two little boys who will grow up without a father in a culture that despises their faith.
Let us not forget our own children growing up in our culture that despises their faith.
I hope you hug your family tight tonight and thank God for
(whatever amount of) the freedom we have left.