People may wonder why we would choose to love Iranians, especially at a time when some of them seem full of ill-will toward other nations.
We believe, as the Apostle Paul taught, that we should "not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).
We also believe that God loves all people, including us, while we were still His "enemies" (Romans 5:10).
And, most importantly, Jesus calls us to love. Jesus said, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.... Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:27-28, 35-36).
Seven reasons why it is vital that we love Iranians:
Several years ago, I found myself listening to a noted Bible teacher give a lecture about current trends in the Muslim World. He loved Christ and had a passion to...