Early this morning (around 3 a.m.), Pastor Saeed Abedini posted an anti-Hillary rant on Facebook that centered around his personal views on male headship and women’s submission to that authority.
Those were the pictures I took around 10:30 this morning. Since then, Saeed has edited the second-to-last paragraph to emphasize the point of his message:
Not surprisingly, this post has incited some lively discussion. In the past 22 hours, there have been 182 reactions, 154 comments and 44 shares. And just now, as I am typing this, I tried to look at the post again and see this:
Evidently, I’ve been blocked!
There were some really lovely comments made by egalitarians in response to Saeed’s post, and now I wish I had captured more screenshots. Marg Mowzcko, the scholar behind the egalitarian exposition of Scripture at newlife.id.au, left several powerful comments. This was my favorite:
And Debbie Folthorp made an important observation:
I replied to a couple comments and left one of my own:
I am hopeful that others are also responding to Pastor Saeed’s incorrect and damaging views on women in leadership. It is important that examples of blatant cherry-picking of Scripture and patriarchal interpretation be publicly refuted and challenged so that those who may not otherwise hear another view may perhaps question these teachings.
If you are unfamiliar with Pastor Saeed Abedini beyond his 3.5 years of imprisonment in Iran and the powerful movement among Evangelicals to have him freed, Spiritual Sounding Board and A Cry for Justice have many excellent posts and links to articles explaining his history of marital abuse and questionable character. We also posted about The Courageous and Wise Naghmeh Abedini and abuse in marriage, which is important for the Church at large to be educated on, as victims of abuse are almost always further victimized in the process of protecting the celebrity figures and reputation of the organization at large.
May we continue to pray for healing in the Abedini family.
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