Iraq (MNN) — Protests in Baghdad havent stopped for the reason that new Iraqi prime minister was appointed initially of the month. Anti-government protestors say Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is simply extra of the identical and unlikely to convey any important, optimistic change to the nation.
Prime Minister Allawi is slated to call his cupboard members this week an important step that may reveal the sincerity of his guarantees to keep away from political interference. A few of the protestors complaints embrace the prevalence of presidency corruption, the dearth of jobs, and poor public companies.
Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs says one other group can also be cautious of this new appointment Iraqi Christians.
Actually, that’s not new, Nettleton says. They’ve been involved. Many of those are believers who…have been displaced by ISIS. Some return even earlier than ISIS. They’ve seen persecution. They know that serving Christ in Iraq is a dangerous proposition.
When the federal government modifications fingers [and] new leaders come to energy, there are new areas of emphasis. The Christians watch that and say, ‘Okay, what is this going to mean for us? How is this new leader going to respond to the needs of the Christian community?’
One of many large questions for Christians: how a lot sway will Iran have within the formulation of latest Iraqi management?
Nettleton explains, Iran is among the world’s most closed…international locations aggressively persecuting the Church in Iran. So if Iranian management have affect on how Iraqi management units up what their priorities are, that’s not one thing in favor of Iraqi Christians as properly.
Iraq is ranked because the 15th worst nation to be a Christian on Open Doorways World Watch Checklist. So its comprehensible that many believers flee Iraq and search asylum standing in different international locations.
It isn’t a protected place for them. It isn’t a protected place to lift their households, Nettleton says. Intellectually and within the earthly sense, it makes all types of sense for them to need to get overseas and go someplace safer and go someplace with extra alternatives.
Nonetheless, Nettleton was amazed and inspired when he spoke with a pastor in Iraq concerning the state of affairs for Iraqi Christians. On the finish of our dialog, I mentioned, ‘I’m going again to america. How can we pray for Christians in Iraq?’
“His first prayer request, with out a pause, he mentioned, ‘Pray that God will call Christians to stay here…because we need Christians in this country. We need a lighthouse. We need people who are sharing the Gospel.’
Please be part of VOM in praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq throughout this management change. Ask God to supply a brave witness for the Gospel in Iraq. Pray that Iraqis who’re dissatisfied with the federal government will discover hope — not in new management — however new religion in Jesus Christ.
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