Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Don't Be Silent

Ever get fired up about something?  You know what I'm talking about.  A news story or a subject just grips you.  It seizes your thoughts or emotions, or both even.  You are passionate about it, and you want to grab the arm of every person you meet and say, "Let me tell you about this."

That's exactly how this story has affected me.  I pray all the time for Pastor Saeed Abedini.  

I don't usually "get all political" in this venue, but I feel this topic is above politics.  The facts are the facts.  And the facts are that our government has, up to now, failed one of its citizens miserably. They can still turn it around, though.

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an American citizen.  He was wrongfully arrested and convicted in his native Ir@n because of his Christian faith.  He is currently serving an 8 year term in one of Ir@n's most infamous, most brutal prisons.  Our government has not asked for his release.  They have done nothing to fight for him.  What message does this send?

He is tortured and beaten, while hundreds of thousands have signed a petition on his behalf.  His basic human rights are violated every day.

I cannot tell this story any better than it has already been told.  All I ask is that you go to this website:  http://savesaeed.org/ to read his story and sign the petition, then pass it on.

Don't be silent.  Tell everyone you know about this.  We will be heard.  Keep on speaking.  Keep on knocking.  And like the neighbor knocking in the night in Luke 11:5-10, we will receive what we ask.  I believe this.  I believe this man will be restored to his beautiful wife and his two young children who need their daddy.