Calvin’s Corner: Saeed Abedini and the State of American Evangelicalism
For over three years Christians worked fervently to get him released from an Iranian prison.
His wife spearheaded this movement until she stopped, alleging spousal abuse.
She revealed huge discrepancies in his prison narrative, leaving us all wondering about Iranian prisoners owning cell phones and watching Netflix while claiming horrible torture at the same time.
He was eventually released from prison into the waiting arms of Franklin Graham and and new handlers.
American evangelicals, who spent thousands of man hours and untold thousands of dollars advocating for his release waited for explanations and answers to all of these questions and more.
We’re still waiting.
Now there are new allegations of blatant plagiarism.
Abedini denies all allegations, always with a hint of wrong doing on the part of others and possible conspiracy afoot.
Iran is trying to hack his Facebook page, you know…evidently they don’t want anyone to know their prisons feature free wi-fi…
This morning his sister posted this on Facebook:
“Please pray for my brother Saeed Abedini. Two days ago he heard that my niece Rebekka is dealing with severe anxiety because of her Dady situation, and her doctor said she has to take medication for her anxiety. During these two days Saeed was dealing with an extreme pain in his chest till tonight its leads us to the Emergency Room.
Saeed in his last interview mentioned that his life in the U.S. after his imprisonment in Iran is harder than when he was in prison in Iran. That is so true!”
There was, of course, a picture of Saeed suffering in the hospital accompanying the story.
Think for a moment about all the reports of his suffering while in captivity…and the statement that life here is harder.
I’m sure his children are suffering…and that’s why he should disappear until his family issues are resolved and some answers given to the public that supported them.
Why do evangelicals continue to support someone who has been accused of spousal abuse, lying, and plagiarism without providing any real response to those allegations?
Because it is celebrity driven…and Jesus simply isn’t enough.