Because some of us have information that leads us to believe that real reconciliation isn’t a priority for Saeed and his camp.
The priority we believe is to force Naghmeh Abedini into a “counseling” situation that does not compel Saeed to deal with his (alleged) abuse, but provides “holy cover” for him to begin a lucrative speaking career with Franklin Grahams help.
There are two ways that this situation could be dealt with.
In one scenario, both parties leave social media and begin intensive counseling separately, then together (after the abuse is confessed and repented of) in an attempt to reconcile the marriage.
This is a long and difficult process.
In the other scenario, the allegations of abuse are denied and Naghmeh Abedini is marginalized and even vilified if need be in order to establish Saeed as a “godly” victim.
Saeed Abedini has already denied the allegations, as has Franklin Graham.
It’s not that difficult to see what comes next.
The question then becomes how one levels the playing field when one side has one of the most famous “Christian” leaders in the country along with one of it’s most expensive and effective public relations firms?
The answer is social media.
I’ll be blunt.
This is not what I believe Gods best is, nor do I believe that this marriage has a snowballs chance in hell at this point.
Social media was used to keep Saeed’s plight in front of the public and now it will be used to keep this battle going as well.
We all hoped for better…but the demands of the American evangelical corporate machine for celebrities to exploit will win the day.
The whole Abedini family will lose, but the machine will roll on.
Naturally, I find this outrageous because of his long history of (allegedly) abusing power and his involvement as a board member of Gospel For Asia.
My outrage is to be expected.
What has been unexpected is the outrage for the same reasons expressed by some of his Calvary Chapel co-affiliates.
Not a few of them have tried to get information from him in order the understand the GFA debacle.
They have been stonewalled.
Now, more than a few are wondering who their “leadership” is accountable to…and they are finding out first hand what many of us have known for years.
They are accountable to no one.
The CCA board cannot and will not police it’s own and instead offers up men like Heitzig at regional and national conferences, imbuing them with rank and authority in the process.
It is a travesty… but one that has been present at many levels for a very long time.
We’ll see if those involved have the will to change that.
What is “sin”?