Iran: “Persecution Keeps You Clean”
Todd Nettleton at VOM Radio recently talked with Ali, a Christian who spreads the gospel in Iran. Ali is at risk of persecution every day, because it is against the law for Muslims in Iran to become Christians.
Todd asked Ali, “What do you think about the risk of persecution? How do you think about it on a day-to-day basis and as you make plans for what you’re going to do next week and next year?”
Ali answered, “First, persecution keeps you clean. You are not going to sin for a long time if you are being persecuted, because you want the hand of God upon you. You don’t want His hand to be lifted from you.
“It’s not that He loves me less or that I have to be holy for Him to love me — no. It’s about discipline. The enemy is looking for a door. He is like a roaring lion circling around us looking for ways to attack. [See 1 Peter 5:8.] We don’t want to open doors for him. So persecution keeps you clean.
The second thing — persecution has forced me to learn the power of prayer and fasting and sticking to the Word. Because if I’m not in a relationship with God, if I’m not talking to God, and I’m not hearing from God, I could make a risky mistake.”
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
To Talk About
*How does Ali say persecution keeps him clean?
*If Ali could move to the United States and spread the gospel without risking so much, should he do so?