Persecution of the Saints - Our Best Defense

by Kersley Fitzgerald
17 June 2014

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim is currently in a prison in Sudan with her infant daughter and her toddler son. She is scheduled to remain there for about two years, until her daughter is weaned. She is then to be executed. Saeed Abedini has served one year of a ten-year sentence in prison in Iran. It is possible that the government will release him once his sentence is filled — it's even possible they'll release him early. But his health is poor, conditions are horrible, and he has to endure regular beatings from guards and other inmates.

The response among many Christians has been swift, relentless, and fierce. But much of it has also been misguided. There is a petition on with over 877,000 signatures calling for the release of Meriam Ibrahim. That's great that she's gotten such support around the world. But here's the problem.

A government that has endorsed and caused 400,000 deaths and 2.5 million displacements is not going to care about a "signature" on a website.

So is the situation helpless? No. But there are some things Christians absolutely need to bear in mind.

    Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
    — Psalm 20:7

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