AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN:
Like all world governments your own rule of power is based upon a conception of law. You enforce these laws to establish a reign of justice and to create a safe society of citizens who live together in peace. One element of law that is often overlooked in the rush to judgment is the concept of compassion. My own understanding of this concept is an act of mercy when one does not deserve mercy.
Pastor Saeed went to Iran to bless others by working on developing an orphanage in cooperation with your government. He has left behind a wife and two small children in the United States while he extended himself on behalf of your children. If for no other reason but the fact that he was showing compassion to your countrymen, then I would ask for his immediate release and return to his family.
If your law is such that it demands fulfillment of its conditions than I urge you to consider a substitute to take his place and serve his sentence. I am a Christian man who would gladly take his place without complaint. I know the ways of prisoners and the sufferings of their family members. My primary purpose in life can be fulfilled in a prison or in my home. The setting does not matter. I will incur no expenses for your government in making this proposed swap a reality.
I ask for compassion for Pastor Saeed, since he is my brother in Jesus Christ. Our ministry Dismas Project sees the potential in all prisoners and the suffering of their family members. Surely this is a small matter in which your country can adhere to its legal standard, satisfying the punishment requirements of the law at the same time that compassion is used to temper its administration.
He is capable of doing much good work back in the United States and I perceive that becoming his substitute would be an effective use of my life and my beliefs. This is a serious proposal offered by one who has seen the worst and knows the power of redemption. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would move your spirits to accept this proposal and move forward on accepting a replacement prisoner for Pastor Saeed,
Our Holy Scriptures tell us to live out our lives so that others in the world will know us by our love for each other. What I am purposing is only an act of love toward a brother I have not met yet. This is a poor replication of the love which Jesus Christ has shed abroad in our lives. A tiny inconvenience on the road to heaven. This small act can be an open demonstration to the world that Iran is governed by a compassionate group of people who respect their own laws and the universal law of Mercy.
Kevin J. McCarthy