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CLARITY – 4-15-20 Sometimes the Cost is Heavy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-15-20

Sometimes the Cost is Heavy

What’s Happening: “Late yesterday, eight were killed in Cairo (one policeman and seven suspected militants). Some were suspected of plotting against Egypt’s Coptic Christians (they are in the minority – only 10% – and have been the object of much terrorism over the years). The Islamic majority is generally tolerant of the Coptics, but the Takfiri Islamists accuse the Coptic Christians of being infidels and they say the Koran gives them license to persecute (https://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-security-exchanges-gunfire-terrorist-191406681.html). Quoting from the Reuters article: ‘The last major attack, claimed by Islamic State, was in November 2018 when gunmen targeted two buses near the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor, 260 km (160 miles) south of Cairo killing seven people and wounding 18.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With them celebrating Easter this Sunday, it’s probably not a good time to be a Coptic Christian.”

Biblical Response:  “That is a matter of context: If you’re a Coptic Christian only ethnically (an Egyptian CHRINO…there’s bound to be some Christians In  Name Only, just like we have here) you get shot at unprovokedly, and you might not want to claim Christ; if you are a Coptic Christian and have made Jesus Lord, then you get shot at justifiably (in the Takfiri mind); and if you get killed as a Coptic and you are standing at the Judgement (Heb. 9:27), you might like to claim Christ. There is a price to pay, being a Christian ((1 Pet. 4:12-13; John 15:18-19):

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.’ (NLT)

John 15:18-19

 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 

19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.’ (NLT)”

“Christians? Of course, we believe in persecution…it just comes with the territory….but there is special grace, too (see above scriptures). One added benefit; sincerity…there probably are few wishy-washy Coptic Christians…it’s just too costly if you’re not serious.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to pay the price first. It was even more costly for Him; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-19-19 How The Mighty Are Fallen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-19-19

How The Mighty Have Fallen

What’s Happening: “Dr. Mohammed Morsi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died unexpectedly at age 67 Monday, while making an an impassioned appeal to the convictions that ended his presidency after only one year. Convicted of jailbreaks during an uprising in May of 2015, and sentenced to death, his election ended the autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak, and increased the political influence of ISIS (https://www.yahoo.com/news/morsi-egypt-election-triumph-death-inmate-165433903.html).  AFP reported on Monday: ‘Morsi himself was put on trial several times on charges ranging from killing protesters to jailbreaks to spying for Iran, Qatar, and militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I can’t tell whether he was a good guy or a bad guy.”

Biblical Response:  “A lot of things in the Middle East are kind of grey…at least to me. Was he guilty of what he was accused? Probably…and a whole lot more. Still, that’s beyond my paygrade. Would his appeal have been successful? Maybe…we’ll never know. Pride may have been his underlying problem. You can’t go from being raised on a farm to graduating as an engineer to reaching the pinnacle of power in the most populous Muslim nation, and not be affected (2 Sam. 1:25). I think political pride (and his desperation to not be executed) was the motivation behind his appeal. Nonetheless, justice will prevail (and perhaps has). – Rom. 12:19”

“Christians? We know the inebriating effect of pride. It has been the downfall of many (Prov. 16:18). Giving glory to God, where it belongs, is really the only long-term cure..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we’re all guilty of pride from time to time. Help us to keep short accounts with You and to humble ourselves before You have to; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-8-18 Late, But Appreciated

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-8-18

 

Late But Appreciated

 

What’s Happening:  “The attendance of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at a Christmas Mass last Saturday in the new cathedral of Orthodox (Coptic) Christianity was a historic gesture of solidarity. Pope Tawadros II, the Orthodox Christian pontiff, walked arm-in-arm with el-Sissi into the heavily-guarded church constructed in Egypt’s new Administrative Capital, 28 miles from Cairo  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-tightens-security-ahead-coptic-christmas-144156946.html).  “We, with the grace of God, are offering a message of peace and love from here, not just to Egyptians or to the region, but to the entire world,” el-Sissi said.

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I guess that marks the end of the persecution of Coptic Christians.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…as long as there are militant Islamacists to kill and harass Christians (of Coptic origin or of any flavor), there will be persecution. Just because our ‘Christian’ nation rarely experiences this level of persecution does not mean it doesn’t happen daily around the globe. Besides, there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace is ruling in the heart of every man…and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.”

 

“Christians? We should not be surprised by violent persecution (John 15:18; Matt. 10:36). Neither should we be unprepared (Ezek. 33:6). We, of course, should be prepared to lay down our lives for even those who hate us (Rom. 5:8). Didn’t Christ, Himself, give us the example?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be gracious, especially toward our enemies, help us to be wise (Matt. 10:16); in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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