The Bible gives us a very important admonition that we so often overlook and many of us have never really considered. In fact, I don't know that I've ever particularly heard a sermon on this passage, and what a shame that is.
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3
And then there's this other verse, that likewise doesn't capture a lot of our attention:
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Proverbs 31:8
Today we have an opportunity to remember those who are chained and to speak up for those who cannot do so for themselves.
Pastor Saeed Abedini is an American citizen who is imprisoned in Iran for the crime of being a Christian. He faces daily beatings, being threatened at knife point, and life-saving medication is withheld. He is being kept in the same cell as violent criminals--murderers and rapists. This gentle man is a husband and father of two.
In the U.S. negotiations with Iran over their nuclear plans and possible sanctions, the plight of Pastor Saeed was not addressed at all! He was never even mentioned. This is an injustice! How can we leave one of our own left to die, his only "crime" being that he loves our same Jesus!
PLEASE ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE OUTCRY!!!!
How can you do this?
Well, start by signing these petitions:
ACLJ's Stand For Pastor Saeed Petition
Be Heard Project's Free Saeed Petition
Watch the following video for other ways to get the word out!
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: PRAY!!!
God hears our prayers on behalf of those suffering for His sake! Lift up your voices! Storm heaven, asking for his safe release and for his strength in this trial! Pray that the powers that be with act justly!