By Victor Ochieng
Anti-government protests in Iran don’t show any signs of subsiding despite the loss of lives being witnessed. The political unrest has seen the highest numbers of anti-government protesters pouring in the streets since the highly charged 2009 presidential elections. The magnitude and the ferocity of the protests rank atop the internal conflicts the country has faced in a decade.
There is so much going on there, but it appears the west wing media hasn’t been so excited about covering it and sharing with the world what the real situation is. Maybe not; maybe they’re covering it the wrong way, thus not giving a clear reflection of what’s really happening. It could as well be Western politics influencing the coverage.
But that said, there is also something going on in the background that’s worth mentioning. This is something that was reported about China by the Telegraph in 2014 and lived to be fully blown out. In their article, the paper wrote that China would become the largest Christian nation in a span of 15 years.
Dr. Michael Brown, host of Line of Fire, a nationally syndicated radio program, mentioned in a YouTube podcast that China remained the country posting the highest number of people receiving Christ Jesus. For years, he’s also heard from missionaries and reports that the number two country when it comes to accepting Jesus is Iran.
This inspired him to give a highlight of the book “The Coming Fall of Islam in Iran” by Reza Safa, a former Islam who now ministers to Jesus. The book was written about a decade ago and it talks about thousands of Islam Iranians who were receiving Christ in the midst of the prosecution that was going on in the country.
What Safa was saying is that the rise of Christianity in the country is so fast that it’s going to reach a critical point in which it’s going to shake the Islamic leadership in the country. He pointed about a time when the people would stand up against the corrupt and authoritarian Iranian government. This wasn’t just about Christians in the country, but also people who’ve experienced a new found confidence to challenge the corrupt regime.
The current stalemate in the country has no direct link to religion, but it appears like the underground expansion of Christianity and the growing discontent among citizens have formed the impetus for the protests.
The growth of Christianity in the country isn’t just mere talk. It’s been exponential to the extent that the government has raised a red flag and set up several measures to curb it, all of which have failed.