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When we hear of the words “Iran” and “Revolution” some will go back to the year 1979. Iran went through a revolution where monarchy rule was overthrown to become an Islamic Republic. This was a significance moment in history and reverberating went throughout other nations.
Twenty years later, we are possibly on a brink of another revolution. On June 12th of this year, Iran’s presidential election was held and the alleged results had Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with 66% of the votes. But the moderate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, along with his supporters, have accused the incumbent of voter fraud and censorship. This led to various demonstrations in the subsequent days by Mousavi supporters.
In the midst of all the chaos and injustice on the streets, one thing that I could not pass up was the fact that many of the protesters were young college students. What is it with college students and protests? We have seen this combination many times in history.
The dictionary defines, “revolution” as, “a total or radical change” or “a sudden or momentous change in a situation.” College students, whether it is due to their idealism or their zeal, desire to see change. They have a strong distaste for the status quo. They want to make a difference. They yearn to see things transformed for the better.
What would it be like if we raised up a multitude of college students who are radical followers of Christ and who are passionately committed to God’s mission? A new kind of revolution would occur. Lives would be transformed and various parts of the world would be transformed. It would be my dream to see this in my lifetime.
With the constant news reports of all the shootings and killings in Iran, we cannot ignore that God is still in control. We have to remind ourselves that God can use various events in history to bring the Gospel to countries that were once closed. This is the amazing part of who God – He is constantly writing HIStory.
Photo by Getty – A student protesting Iran’s elections
Photo by Getty – Young supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi rally together
Photo by Getty – A woman making a statement