To avoid the ends justify the means mentality.
To avoid biases and dishonest manipulations to get what you want. To strive to be honest and straightforward and rely on God.
An hour or so later, a story was posted detailing Naghmeh Abedini’s latest Facebook posting.
What was already quite a tense and tenuous situation very soon exploded.
Many of us are left feeling dizzied and confused and distraught. And more than that, we feel exploited.
The story that so many of us had supported and become invested into has quickly become wrought with all kinds of doubt. It has become painfully obvious that there are some serious mis-truths and deceptions and cover-ups in this whole drama. We don’t yet know who all is culpable and to what degree each and every party is guilty of the fallaciousness and deceit. We don’t know what all is true and what isn’t. We may never know the whole truth of the situation.
The bottom line is that a bad situation has become decidedly worse because the truth has not been told.
I am not speaking to the fact that Naghmeh didn’t make her claims of abuse known until recently. It is understandable when an abused wife does not want to disclose such information. And I’m not speaking to the fact that it wasn’t previously disclosed that Saeed had a phone while in prison (assuming the claim that he had a phone is true). The desire to not disclose such information for safety and security concerns is understandable.
But I am speaking to the fact that we have been told one large and consistently driven narrative for most of the past 3+ years, only to now be told something very, very different over the past couple months, most especially the past couple days.
Some wonder why some of us can become very cynical. Well, here is Exhibit A. Oh, and for Exhibit B, how about Gospel for Asia. And Exhibit C…….well, you get the idea. No need to badger the point. But when you get burned advocating for a pastor who has been wrongfully imprisoned and tortured in a foreign country under an evil regime, it can really mess with your psyche.
Our prayers and support were not in vain. God knows our hearts and intents. And we know that ultimately we must look to Him and not man. Because man will so often let us down. Even those who are supposed to be representing God. Lord, help us to do so.
I am much inclined to believe that Naghmeh has suffered abuse. I hope and pray she gets the help and protection she needs. And I pray that God can miraculously heal their marriage. And the children. Oh, the children. I pray that God will work in their lives to heal them from the wounding and tearing that they have experienced, with surely more to come in these shambles.
If only people could have stuck to honesty and truthfulness and genuineness.
Now, it’s all yours today…