There is always someone worse off than you

I sometimes wonder what more this country can do to me. I am reeling at many of the the odd decisions coming out of the courts here. I am finding it hard to believe that in the 21st century such archaic laws are still on the statute books.

So many of us have our homes under threat, are watching our rainy day money dwindle because the sun may be shining outside, inside it is pouring with rain for some of us. We are watching our Advocates riding round in their state of the art vehicles funded by our hard earned cash and know that the likelihood of us getting justice is about as realistic as there being a severe frost tonight.

I sometimes ask God why he is allowing this to happen to me, but in my heart I know God has no hand in the greed of man. I thank God he has given me the strength and tenacity with which to fight injustice.

Not so very far away from here there is a man Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who makes any risk I take pale into insignificance. His unshakable faith in Jesus Christ sustains him through an ordeal most of us cannot even begin to imagine. To retain his life and obtain his freedom he has to recant his faith, his belief as a Christian. It sounds like such a small thing, but to Youcef it is too much for him it would seem, for without Jesus in his life his life would be meaningless. What makes Youcef’s faith ever more incredible is the fact that he was born into Islam and came willingly into the Christian family.

For the latest update on Youcef’s incredible ordeal, please read this blog from Jordan Seklow in the Washington Post:

‘Headline: Iran’s supreme leader to rule on Christian pastor’s case

Breaking news reports out of Iran provide that the state court of Gilan, which recently demanded that Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani recant his faith or face execution, has delayed its written decision. As we predicted last week, the judges have sent the case to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. According to Youcef’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhan, “the court has decided to ask the opinion of Mr. (Ali) Khamenei. “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is an islamic jurist and final arbiter of questions of Sharia law. In Iran he is seeen as a guardian protecting Iran.

The step to involve the most powerful leader in Iran demonstrates that Iran is feeling the pressure. Involving the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in a case before a regional court is unusual. We can be certain if the lies spread by Iran were true – that Youcef was instead convincted of rape, extortion and Zionism – the court would not seek the advice of the Supreme Ayatollah.

The readers of this blog have played a crucial role in raising international awareness of this unjust ruling. Now that Iran’s Supreme Leader will be considering the case, it is imperative that our top diplomat, Secretary of State Clinton, call for Pastor Youcef’s unconditional release. Continue to keep the pressure on Iran, share this story, call your Member of Congress, and join the over 125,000 who have signed our petition. Let’s do everything we can to see Pastor Youcef is freed .’

Let us pray that the involvement of Ayatollah Khamenei in this case will result in freedom for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and that he will be free to continue his good work wherever it takes him. God puts us where he wants us to be.

To read a story as horrific as this makes humbles me. Do I have such faith, would I be prepared to die for my beliefs? I just pray I never have to find out.

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