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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