Vernon Brewer is the founder of World Help, a Christian humanitarian organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. Follow him @vernonbrewer.
This has been a tense and tragic week in the Middle East.
Between the missiles Iran fired at Iraq military bases housing U.S. troops and the Ukrainian airplane crash that killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians, tensions around the world are on high alert.
And the strain between the U.S. and Iran could impact Iranian Christians, making them targets. We heard thousands of radical Muslims chant “Death to America” at General Qassem Soleimani’s funeral … and in the minds of these extremists, America and Christianity are synonymous. They want all Christians eradicated, including those in their own country.
Believers in Iran have already undergone much persecution. Religious persecution watchdog Open Doors has listed Iran in its top 10 most dangerous countries for Christians in the world for the past decade.
Still, Christianity is growing at exponential levels in Iran. Church historians have noted that Iran is presently home to the fastest growing church in the world. Of course, this growth has caught the eye of extremists who oppose Christianity. The concern is they may use any excuse — including revenge for the death of Gen. Soleimani — to harass and persecute Christians and to incite crowds against them.
That’s why I’m asking you to join me in praying for the underground church in Iran.
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Source: Christian Headlines