Egypt is the country which provided sanctuary for our Lord Jesus during His early life on Earth. Egypt was also a Christian country for centuries before Islam took over, and the remnant of those Christians are called Coptic Christians today, a variation of Eastern Orthodox believers.
It is extremely dangerous to be a Christian today in Egypt. The same goes for many countries in the region where the Arab Spring has swept or attempting to sweep through. The result of the US backed revolt in Egypt had disastrous consequences in Egypt. A counter-revolt by the more secular Army has put the country in a power struggle and the Christians are the ones suffering the most.
Unable to resist the Army, the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamic affiliates are lashing out at Christians simply for the fact that they are Christian, and they have PUBLICLY announced this. Innocent Christians are slaughtered for their faith and their churches are destroyed without shame.
Delight in Truth readers, please realize that when someone converts to faith in Jesus in that region of the world, it is essentially a death sentence. It is difficult for us to understand that level of persecution because we have not seen it the western world. I remember the words in the Hebrews 12:3-4
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. “
Christians in Egypt not only have to fight everyday battles against sin and walk the straight ‘n narrow, but they have to resist to the point of shedding their blood.
As we go to sleep in our comfortable houses, go to our nice jobs and sit in our cushy pews, we need to remember to bring these martyrs and their families before God. We need to pray for wisdom to be given to our government to no longer support the Brotherhood and elements who love to do violence against believers.
When we go to church on Sunday we worship in peace without having to worry that the place will blow up. Not in Egypt. Not in the place that was once a cradle for the Son of God.