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)
“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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