Iran (MNN) — Iran’s elections last week drew the lowest voter turnout in the Islamic Republic’s history. Out of 59 million eligible voters, less than 30 million voted.
The winner? Iran’s hardline judiciary chief. But Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs USA says even politicians who advocate reform won’t bring the change many Iranians want. “Even the people who call themselves reformers are not looking to overthrow the Islamic government. They’re not looking to say, ‘Hey, the Quran is not working as a national constitution, let’s find something else.’ What they’re really doing is looking to just change the look of things just a little bit. ‘Let’s, let’s just allow a half-inch of hairline to show under our headscarf.’”
Additionally, the Supreme Leader in Iran is not elected by the people. So what can actually bring change for the country? Only the love of Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the Iranian Church continues to grow day by day.
Nettleton says, “The Gospel is being preached, Bibles are being smuggled into the country. Satellite television broadcasters, radio broadcasters, and internet websites are set up to reach Iranians with the Gospel. And that fertile soil is receiving those Gospel seeds. And it is flourishing. Because people have seen the true face of Islam, and they do not want that face any longer.”
The header photo shows posters for different candidates for Iran’s presidential election. (Photo courtesy of tasnimnews, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)