Finally! People are starting to see that, not only is domestic violence a huge problem in Christian marriages, but in general the Church leaders are more concerned with protecting their image than protecting the victims they are supposed to help. The following article shows a perfect example of this with a famous pastor, Saeed Abedini, who has become a hero of the faith to Christians around the world, due to his unjust imprisonment in an Iranian prison. Like most abusers, he is very charming and good at saying all the right things and playing on people’s sympathies, but my worst fears about most Evangelical leadership have been confirmed by none other than Franklin Graham himself!
The bible does NOT say that that true religion is to protect the image of the church. Or to idolize those who are leading powerful services, or amazing ministries. Or even to keep the “sacred marriage vows,” intact, all for the sake of “our Christian witness and testimony,” or “spreading the gospel and building the Kindom.” It says…
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
“Anyone who does not provide [care] for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
I think most abused women in the church would agree with me that it would be far better to be widowed or for our children to become orphans, than to be in the catch 22 position that Saeed’s wife, Nagmeh Abedini is in, strictly as far as getting any help from the church is concerned. This article explains this impossible position far better than I ever could. Please read it and pass it on. Awareness of, and willingness to face these issues, is half the battle.