Recently, I shared with you about an American pastor being tried in Iran for his religious beliefs. The Iranian government claimed that Pastor Saeed was a threat to national security because of his Christian faith. He and his attorney were only allowed in the courtroom on the first day of the trial. The rest of the trial continued without their presence. This is an injustice!
The White House and the State Department are aware that Pastor Saeed has been convicted and sentenced to eight years in one of the most inhumane prisons in the world. The White House commented,
“Well we are deeply disappointed that Saeed Abedini has been sentenced to 8 years in prison in Iran on a charge related to his religious beliefs. Mr. Abedini’s attorney had only one day to present his defense, so we remain deeply concerned about the fairness and transparency of his trial. We condemn Iran’s continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion, and we call on the Iranian authorities to release Mr. Abedini.”
In order to free this American pastor, it is going to take international support. Many of you signed a petition to get the American government involved. Now is the time for us to petition for international support pushing for his release. To sign this new petition, click here.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Most of us have no idea of the persecution faced by Christians around the world. Let us rejoice over their unfailing faith, and may we continually join them on our knees in prayer.