While the Nations Rage

Pastoral Reflections

The days following the killing of the Iranian general, Qasem Suleimani, tensions rose high. The US and Iran raged at each other. There was worry across the land of the possibility of military conflict of some level.

Then, people began to feel relief when it appeared that tension was reducing. I felt some relief, myself. Some of those days, I wondered how best to pray for Iran, a nation I barely know.

Then, a different kind of news took me off-guard. Iran, a report says, currently has the fastest growing church per capita in the world. I was swept off my feet. This nation has an underground church with a staggering 2 million folks who profess Christ at risk of their lives! I cannot say I know much about the nation of Iran itself, but it is ranked #9 on Open Door’s watch list of dangerous places to be a Christian.

A documentary produced by Frontier Alliance International Studios (Sheep Among Wolves, Volume II) seeks to tell some of the story of this underground church. An anonymous Iranian church leader was quoted as saying, “God is moving powerfully inside Iran.” Amid the international conflict, my prayers gained a new dimension. My worried heart was salted with sprinklings of joy. I raised up the Iranian church in prayers to the Lord who is already at work among them.

The psalmist begins the second Psalm, “Why do the nations rage?” Now, while I know that the context is different and the raging there might connote something other than the kind of raging back and forth in the recent conflict, yet I couldn’t shake those psalmist’s words off my head.

I stood in awe at the thought of God’s unrelenting movements around the world, in all kinds of places… while the nations rage.
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Donald Nwankwo
The Light of Christ Anglican Church
4000 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219