Daily Topic for November 18, 2008

Psalms 71:15, NIV
"My mouth will tell of Your righteousness, of Your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure."

Can any of us even fathom the righteousness of the Lord? No, not one of us! We can believe in His righteousness only by faith. Yet, we can experience His genius and goodness through His creation. We can allow His love and mercy to penetrate our hearts when we read His Word. And we can thank Him for sending His Son to redeem us from sin, and call us to become part of His kingdom.

Pray that we will share this faith with those who know even less than we do about the righteousness of the Creator.

Shi’ite Muslim Persians of Iran

In 1979, Westerners were primarily concerned about communist revolutions, but Iran showed the world how oppression would look after communism fell. The Western-leaning Shah of Iran and his supporters were driven into exile by Iran’s new leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran was declared an Islamic republic. In an Islamic republic, all non-Islamic influences must be shut down. After Ayatollah Khomeini came into power, most educated Iranians fled the country, and the remaining population had to adjust to revolutionary changes. Women were forced to wear their hijabs (head scarves), boys and girls were no longer allowed to play together and any kind of Western “non-Islamic” activities were punished.

In today’s Iran, these policies are creating a backlash among the youth. These young people have lost hope for Iran’s future. According to the Christian Science Monitor, many Persian youths are giving up on politics because they feel it is useless to support candidates promoted by inept Islamic clerics. One young man received 75 lashes for drinking alcohol. Rappers and singers have been imprisoned for their form of expression. Human rights groups are exposing the excesses and encouraging diplomatic pressure on the Iranian government, which in turn is becoming increasingly hostile to these groups.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Persian youth to put their hope in Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to do a new work in Iran’s clerics.-KW

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