I can blog, speak, sing and live my life as a follower of Jesus with literally no worries of being arrested, threatened or even made fun of most of the time (apathy can be handy)…but on this planet of ours there are brothers and sisters, who know what it means to really ‘carry a cross’. Brothers and Sisters, who because of societal laws are unable to simply follow what they feel is right.
One such man is Yousef Nadarkhani. Who I think is an amazing man. He is a Pastor in Iran and is currently on his way to the noose unless he rebukes his conversion to Christianity. I have so much respect for Yousef, the religious authorities accused him of Apostasy (for which the sentence is death) and the way he replied was so integral and gutsy.
The most frustrating thing about this case is it is not just a religious issue, IRAN has signed the ‘International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ which clearly states in article 18:
‘Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.’
What is crazy is that this news is not in mainstream media. It should be, but it’s not. So I wonder if this man will get enough external support to be free to live as he feels is right.
Some helpful ways to engage
I hope that like me you want to do something to force this situation towards good, so here are a few emails you send your concerns to and politely remind certain people of their commitments:
Iran at UN
UK Iranian Embassy
Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Supreme Leader of Iran
Some other links: