Every Eleven Minutes…

…a Christian is killed.  For their faith.  

By the time most of us have finished Sunday worship, five people will have died.  At least one during the sermon.  Possibly two if your pastor is long-winded.  Six or more if it’s a Communion Sunday.  We need to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters around the world.  And as Christians we should be actively working to figure out how to alleviate their suffering, whether through private-based donations and programs to provide assistance and support, or through raising publicity on this both locally and nationally.  
President Obama has come under heavy criticism in the past week or more for failing to make the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini from Iranian imprisonment for his Christian faith.  Saeed is an American citizen, and is one of three American’s currently believed to be imprisoned by Iran.  The other two are being held on espionage-related offenses.  Secretary of State John Kerry insists that it was inappropriate to include Pastor Saeed in recent negotiations with Iran, negotiations which allowed for billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Iran, and that the government is actively working towards Saeed’s release through other, classified channels.  
Meanwhile, another Christian has died since I started writing this.  

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