Today you will be heard… we will be heard… as we speak with one voice for Saeed Abedini.
Step One: Email your leaders!
1.Please email each of your state’s two US Senators. Contact info can be found here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
2.Please look up and then email your Representative in the House. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
3.Please email the White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
We suggest your emails be BRIEF, RESPECTFUL, and SPECIFIC.
The following is a suggested format for those looking for assistance in drafting their emails. You can send the same email to all 4 individuals, just addressing each one separately as needed.
1st paragraph) Identify yourself as their constituent, but also as one of (however many we have by then) thousands of like minded men and women across the country that are concerned over the injustice of Saeed Abedini’s continued imprisonment in Iran. A link to the facebook page could be included here as proof of our numbers.
2nd paragraph) Thank them for their previous support in calling on Iran to release Saeed. Then express your disappointment that a nuclear agreement with Iran was recently made that did not include Saeed’s release.
3rd paragraph) Express that religious freedom and the return of an American citizen to his family is a bipartisan issue that all Americans of whatever political party should support. Ask them to use all of their influence to help bring Saeed home.
Close with a thank you.
It is very important to make this effort. You could also fax the same letter to their office, post on their facebook, and of course personally telephone their office and talk to a staff person. However, please at minimum send these four emails.
Step 2: Facebook!
Change your profile pic (if you haven’t already) to one of Pastor Saeed and post a link to this page and encourage others to do what you are doing!
Step 3: Twitter!
If there is a link under a name you can simply click to send the tweet.
Tweet President Obama
We respectfully request that you use the full powers of your office to liberate Pastor Saeed Abedini! #freesaeed #savesaeed http://clicktotweet.com/iBeI7
Tweet The President of Iran
@HassanRouhani We respectfully request you release Saeed Abedini as an act of mercy and friendship! #freesaeed #savesaeed http://clicktotweet.com/Bj65t
Tweet a link to this page and encourage others to do what you are doing!
Retweet others as they join with us!
Step 4: Use your other social media
If you use Pinterest, Tumblr, Linkedin, etc…post a link to this page and encourage them to join us!
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Step 5: Pray!
Pray that God amplifies our voices and that they carry with them the power of the Holy Spirit.
The last step…persevere in all the above!
When the Older Testament gives it’s obituary of a leader or king it often follows a pattern.
It states whether the person walked with the Lord (or not) and tells us how he dealt with the “high places”.
The high places were those hilltop shrines where sacrifices and offerings would be made to false gods.
Did the leader build them up…or do what was right in the sight of the Lord and tear them down?
I couldn’t help but think of this when I was reflecting on the death of Paul Crouch and the criticism I and others received for comments we made on his passing.
While I’m quite sure that some family members are mourning, the church should not be….except for the fact that some supported him as he built up the high places by satellite and fleeced people all over the world.
This was a man who morally, ethically, and doctrinally was the antithesis of of a godly leader.
The damage done to the kingdom and to individual members of it was immeasurable until we get home.
I can mourn for the loss some family members feel…but I won’t mourn his passing from the church militant.
He built up the high places and led many astray…
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1. If you haven’t been paying attention, one of the biggest grass roots social media campaigns ever in the church is forming to help free pastor Saeed Abedini. Over 12,000 people have already marked out Dec 4th to participate. We need you…every person matters, every voice strengthens the choir. Sign up over on Facebook or Google +, then watch these spaces tomorrow for our Wednesday schedule.
2. The real issue involved with the Mark Driscoll plagiarism charges isn’t simply his proven sin in copying material without attribution. The real issue is the failure to acknowledge the sin and publicly repent. When the public faces of the faith refuse to lead by holding to the ethical standards they proclaim, they should at least lead in demonstrating how to repent when they fail to do so.
3. Talking about what a great Christian Paul Crouch was is like me talking about how smart my cat is…depends on what you’re comparing both with. Nobody in history spread more heresy farther or stole more money from the most vulnerable in the Body of Christ than Crouch and his wife.
4. My bathroom is full of cleaners of every sort for both my body and my home…we must be the cleanest generation in history. The great defilement as always, is internal and we may be the most defiled generation in history as well. A few years ago most of my requests for marriage counseling were related to money, today, it’s mostly about porn.
5. Don’t wait for a leader to to solicit your participation in matters of Christian conscience…be a leader among your own circle of influence and help others make a difference.
6. “He not busy being born is busy dying.” Truest thing Dylan ever wrote…
7. When leaders in the church can have their sin covered without repentance and without consequences they teach their people to expect the same privileges…
8. One of the gifts I give my son is failing in front of him, admitting the failure, and asking forgiveness. If I’m not afraid, he won’t be either.
9. I’m finally at a point in life where I feel worse about bringing shame to the name of Christ than embarrassing myself…the older I get, the more He matters.
10. I wish you all could see the incredible work being done by folks just like you all over the country to #freesaeed…it’s both humbling and inspiring. Join us…you matter.
We have known since the day of our birth that our primal task is to grow to basic trust in you,
to rely on you in every circumstance,
to know that you would return when you are away,
to trust that in your absence you will soon be present,
to be assured that your silence bespeaks attentiveness and not neglect,
to know that in your abiding faithfulness, “all will be well and all will be well.”
We do trust in you: we are named by your name, and bonded in your service.
We are among those who sing your praise and who know of your deep faithfulness.
You, you, however, are not easy to trust:
We pray against a closed sky;
our hopes reduced to auto-suggestion;
our petitions are more habit than hope;
our intercessions are kindly gestures of well-being.
Sometimes more, many times not, because your silence and absence, your indifference and tardiness are glaring among us.
We are drawn to find lesser gods,
many forms of self-trust … that do not even fool us.
We pray for new measures of passion, for fresh waves of resolve, for courage, energy, and freedom, to be our true selves … waiting in confidence, and while waiting, acting our life toward you in your ways of forgiving generosity.
We pray in the name of Jesus who trusted fully, and who is himself fully worthy of our trust. Amen.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 48). Kindle Edition.
It’s all yours today…except for the time you take to help promote #freesaeed.
If you haven’t joined the Facebook page yet, please do so and let us know you’ll participate in the social media blitz Dec 4th.
Black Friday is in the books…did you participate?
Have any war stories?
What did you buy?
No, not that finger…at least for the purposes of this article.
This morning I speak of the finger you use to point…and I’m trying to point to people who are doing wonderful things, creating wonderful things, and saying wonderful things.
Whether you’re raising a child or a pet you know the power of positive reinforcement.
As a grown dog at 55, I can tell you that we never outgrow the need for positive recognition and encouragement.
Much of what we see here and on the rest of the internet are people pointing out folks who do the opposite…and if we are going to be a people who point to Jesus, then we must achieve some balance.
Here on the blog we’ll try to point to good writing, good projects, and the good in the Body of Christ with the same enthusiasm that we point out that which is not so good.
If you see something good point it out to me and I’ll point to it too…and maybe all that pointing will encourage more good things to point to.
This morning we’re quickly moving toward 5000 people who have committed to participate on Dec 4th.
We’re just getting started.
If you haven’t joined the Facebook page do so….then invite all your friends to do the same.
Post the photo and link on your own Facebook page, Google+ page, or blog.
Hundreds of people have changed their Facebook profile pictures…lets put this orange banner everywhere!
The Twitter hashtag is #freesaeed…wear it out!
My friend Phil Naessens interviewed me last night about the campaign and you can listen to that show here.
Friday, Janet Mefferd lent her name to the cause and she will be encouraging people to join us on her national radio program.
The wave is forming… get on!