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Friday, January 17, 2014
Why I Support Naghmeh Abedini Protesting at the White House March 8
there is a false conception within the church that those persecuted
should never fight back legally, or that we should not use legal means
to fight for them. This is not the Biblical example. Acts 22-28 records
the events following Paul's arrest in Jerusalem. We see him arguing the
injustice of his arrest and appealing to Caesar, as was his right as a
Roman citizen. From the epistles he wrote from house arrest in Rome, we
know that he was surrendered to the will of God - but that surrender was
not listless resignation. It was an active rest, utilizing every
resource God gave him while surrendering the results to God.
This is why I support Naghmeh Abedini not only as she calls us to Pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini
but also as she makes the bold decision, along with several pastors, to
protest outside the White House. I did some research last night, and
learned of the zone outside the White House fence where protestors are
arrested if they do not keep moving and walking past the building. This
is the risk she is taking for her husband, an American citizen. This is
her way, the only way she knows to "appeal to Caesar", in this case, to
get the attention of President Obama. He is the commander in chief. God
has given him the responsibility for our country, especially in dealing
with threats. Iran is holding an American citizen captive in a prison
with murderers and rapists, simply because he stepped foot in the
country, checked on orphanages and ministries he started years ago and
visited his family (something he had done 8 times previously). They were
opposed to him when he fled his native Iran years ago because he was
vocal about his Christian faith. Yet Iranian law allows for individuals
to choose their religion. He has not even violated Iranian law. The only
"charge" is "compromising national security", though specific details
have not been stated.
What has the US government done in the
face of this? The State Department "condemned" it, and Obama "mentioned"
it in his historic phone call with the president of Iran. Other than
that - nothing. His release isn't a condition of our talks with Iran.
The other two Americans still held in Iran (Robert Levinson, held since
3/9/2007; Amir Hekmati, since 8/29/2011) are similarly ignored in the
talks. Notably, Obama has not called Abedini's wife, who has vocally and
publicly lobbied for his release (despite calling other notable figures
such as Jason Collins and Sandra Fluke).
So Naghmeh has made
the decision to risk arrest to raise the profile of the plight of these
hostages. I stand with her, and I pray for her. In my understanding she
is on solid Biblical ground.
I will use the voice God has allowed me to have in this free country to advocate with her.