Who are you today?

Me? I’m 32 years old. I have 1 amazing bride and 4 super cute children.

I’m also an associate pastor.

But I live the United States of America. I’m free. To worship. To share. To express.

“Me” somewhere else today – right now – could be Yusuf Naderkhani.

Also 32.

With a wife and children.

A pastor.

Who’s attorneys are hopeful that a corrupt Iranian judicial system will overturn his death sentence today.

A death sentence issued because he failed to renounce his belief in Jesus Christ as God.

Aside from my disgust that the UN is entertaining the whims of a modern day Hitler as if he had legitimate rights, it’s imperative that we remember all politics – right, wrong, or asinine – affect people.

Just a few thousand miles from my home, another version of “me” is in jail.

Read Yusuf Naderkhani’s story. And pray for ALL the people of Iran.

Then ask yourself: how am I utilizing the freedom I’ve been given to know God and make Him known? Because the “you” in another country might not be alive anymore to do the same work. ch:




Kim Ingerson · 29 Sep ’11 at 8:19 am

Wow Christopher! Powerful post and such a great reminder to us that not everyone gets to live like us. It truly puts everything in perspective. This family will be in my prayers today.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Sep ’11 at 8:37 am

    Thanks Kim. I wonder if they even know thousands of people around the world are interceding for them? The beauty of the Bride.

Billy Jepma · 29 Sep ’11 at 8:26 am

Great post, really makes you put things into perspective. I will have that family in my prayers. I’m so blessed to be able to worship my God freely, this really reminds me how lucky I am. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Sep ’11 at 8:37 am

    We are so blessed indeed! Thanks for praying for them, Billy.

Beth Walrath · 29 Sep ’11 at 8:38 am

You like the rest of us in America were placed here for a reason only God knows. He blessed us with freedom & chance to make a difference in a free nation. We still need to fight for our freedom so it stays a free county.

I’m thankful God put you and awesome family here & not there. We are blessed to have you.

jamie rutigliano · 29 Sep ’11 at 9:06 am

Pastor…You always know how to drive it home for us !!!!These are the issues of Life that matter…Thank You..Praying for this man and his family and So thankful for my life and freedoms today and truley repentive for taking it for granted!

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Sep ’11 at 9:32 pm

    I know your prayers count for a lot, Jamie. You’re an awesome lady.

Glade · 29 Sep ’11 at 9:49 am

Another reminder of how truly blessed we are to live in a country where we can worship as we please. Living in a free nation all my life as I have, it’s so mind-blowing to know that this is not the norm, but the exception. And it’s situations like these that remind us what we were made to do. They shall be in my prayers.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Sep ’11 at 9:33 pm

    “And it’s situations like these that remind us what we were made to do.”

    What a right-on, proactive, creative statement. Well said.

Christian Fahey · 29 Sep ’11 at 10:13 am

Moving and pointed, C. Good post. ….”the UN is entertaining the whims of a modern day Hitler” Indeed. The fact that an Achmadinejad could be given access to the UN rostrum–as an unrepentant Holocaust denier and thug–says an awful lot about the UN. And its overall value in the larger scheme of things. Great reminder that our faith in Christ costs our lives. Inspiring. Will be inspired if this brother is martyred but I sure hope he is acquitted.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Sep ’11 at 9:37 pm

    Agreed on all fronts.

    I especially like your inference of “Achmilter’s” audience further reducing the UN’s credibility. If only world leaders were as clear thinking.

    I’ll be following this to find out what happens. Praying.

Hannah Hayner · 2 Oct ’11 at 2:27 pm

wow powerful, thanks for sharing! i love what he said in the article about going back to blasphemy. i hope he doesn’t get executed after all, but man if he does, i know God must be so so so proud of him for how courageous he is!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Oct ’11 at 2:32 pm

    Yeah, talk about a powerful line! It wrecked me! To think of unbelief, or alter-belief as blasphemy is pretty convicting.

    Great job leading today, by the way. I was personally so blessed, as were countless others. Love you!

Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death · 23 Feb ’12 at 8:20 am

[…] For those that remember, I first shared about the 2009 imprisonment and possible death penalty decision of 34-year old Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani back in September 2011. […]

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