Pastor Alan Hawkins, of Albuquerque’s New Life City Church is organizing a social media event to bring awareness and attention on Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, that has been imprisoned in Iran for over a year for the crime of being a Christian.
In this mission he describes how in recent negotiations with the government of Iran his plight was ignored by our administration.
“We cannot, will not, do the same. As member of the Body of Christ, when one member suffers we all suffer. Our brother is suffering…and we must enter into that suffering with him and seek God’s power to free him.”
Here is what he is proposing.
The single loudest outpouring of support via social media to free Saeed in the history of the church.
On Wednesday December 4, every Christian with a platform, great or small, will feature Saeed on it and demand that our government secure his release.
If you have a Facebook page, you have a platform. We will use the Twitter hashtag #freesaeed… use it on Facebook and other social media as well.
Our scattered voices can be ignored, but if we can come together across denominational and political lines as one voice, the church may break prison chains once again.
We need every single Christian to spread the word to friends, family and any media outlets.
Pastors, we need it featured on your websites and blogs.
Bloggers, we need it on your front page.
Brothers and sisters, we need your Facebook status.
He is welcoming any ideas to further this cause and hopes for your participation and promotion.
This is an historical moment for the American church…shall we participate in it or pass?
On the event page located here, they share:
WHAT #freesaeed / #savesaeed IS ALL ABOUT — THE MISSION
1. AGREEMENT: There’s much we all disagree on, but over this issue we’ll unite our voices to demonstrate agreement & use the hashtag #freesaeed and/or #savesaeed on Dec. 4th
2. AWARENESS: We want our governing officials to know, though Saeed Abedini may not be of interest to them he is to “us” (see #1) and therefore as elected officials working “for the people” we want it to be their priority too.
Also, because President Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی has both FB & Twitter accounts, we want him to be aware that Saeed is not forgotten nor insignificant, and we want his immediate release.
3. PRAYER: This is an opportunity to pray for our imprisoned brother. God moves through the prayers of his redeemed people (Acts 16:25-26).
None of the above is a magic formula. Assuming by adding more voices to beg/plead with God as if he needs convincing because of his stubborn unwillingness to bless, is nothing short of paganism & grossly misrepresents the God of the bible. This God, is a Father who lovingly gave this broken/sinful world his greatest treasure (John 3:16), not because they were asking, but because he is Good.
So, motivated by loving trust in Him, may we in agreement humbly/boldly pray (Heb 4:16). Perhaps, He who delights in blessing, feeding hungry mouths & setting captives free, may once again move to open prison doors by moving the hearts of leaders.
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. – Proverbs 21:1
LINKS: Current Info:
http://beheardproject.com/saeed https://aclj.org/Tags/Saeed Tweet President Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی @HassanRouhani Contact your Senator (U.S. Senate: Senators Home) http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm Contact the House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Please join this campaign to help us do more for Saeed’s release and to stand with his family. Be his VOICE!
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