Saeed Abedini

Posted: December 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” (Hebrews 13:3, NKJV)

Much can happen within the span of a year.  Children grow – friends pass away – birthdays come & go.  I look back on the past year with joy for the blessings I’ve experienced, and the things I’ve witnessed God do.

Yet not everyone is so blessed.  Over one year ago, Saeed Abedini was arrested and imprisoned by the Iranian government.  Since September 26, 2012, Saeed was captured and put in prison for his faith.  Understand that Saeed was not always a Christian.  Like many Iranians, he was a Muslim, but eventually he received Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior, and publicly converted to Christianity.  Saeed became active in ministry, and began planting churches in Iran during a time period that home churches were officially tolerated by the government.

Eventually, the toleration expired, and Saeed ceased the work.  He lived in the USA, having married an American citizen, and became a US citizen himself.  He was ordained as a pastor from Calvary Chapel Boise, and traveled to Iran for humanitarian reasons.

During that trip in 2012, Pastor Saeed was detained, arrested, and charged with the crime of compromising national security.  In other words, the Iranian government was afraid of Saeed’s faith, and believed him to be teaching the gospel.  From that point, Pastor Saeed has been placed in the worst of Iranian prisons, sentenced to eight years, and endures untreated sickness and untold hardships.

All of that information is available through Wikipedia.  In fact, you can read the entry about him here:

What you might not read is how Pastor Saeed has been forgotten by the very government to which he had taken an oath of allegiance.  On November 24, 2013, the US State Department led by Secretary John Kerry announced a landmark agreement that was reached with the Iranian government, showing the US government prepared to lift economic sanctions against Iran in return for Iran pulling back on some of its nuclear arms development.  The agreement has been widely criticized by both Democrat and Republican senators alike, and alienates traditional Middle Eastern allies such as Israel.

The worst part?  The release of US citizens never even came up in negotiation.  Reportedly, although the plight of Pastor Saeed and other US citizens wrongfully imprisoned in Iran have been mentioned by the US State Department in the past, these men were purposefully left out of the recent negotiations for this agreement.

Pastor Saeed Abedini has been left behind by his government.

It’s wrong.  Something must be done…and something can be done.

On December 4th, raise your voices on behalf of Pastor Saeed.  Let’s get the attention of our government to stand up on behalf of our brothers and sisters.  Saeed committed no crime, and while our elected officials wine and dine a nation that is officially considered an “enemy,” Saeed languishes in that enemy’s prison system.

Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, or other social media, lift your voice on behalf of Pastor Saeed.  Use the hashtag #freesaeed and #savesaeed to raise awareness.  Pray that God would use the computer strokes of thousands of American citizens to get the attention of our government, and that God would move them to seek for Saeed’s release.

According to Romans 13, the government is supposed to be a minister of justice (Romans 13:1-7).  May they act in justice towards Pastor Saeed Abedini, and the many others that are in desperate need.



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