Another post about the protests in Egypt today. I am not Egyptian and I do not know the driving forces behind either side. I can research, but which news organization is telling the truth? It may be impossible to say.
I have said that this is weighing heavily on my heart. And it is true. For several days now, from the time I wake until the time I sleep, it is before me. I think today I was able to capture why.
In Acts, the Church became further spread than a building or a square mileage. It wasn’t your church or my church or their church, this denomination or that. It was the Church, capital “C” proper noun – Church.
The people in Egypt who are fighting for their freedom are not just some random freedom fighters across the ocean. Among them are our brothers and sisters. People who, like me, and maybe like you, come together and maybe even sing some of the same worship songs, albeit in a different language. People who open the same Word every day and cling to the life-giving promises inside.
This photograph was shared via @NevineZaki on Twitter today.
I was struck by this photo. I think sometimes we are so bent on being right. On everyone knowing that we are Christians and we are correct in our theology, in our politics, and in our morality. These guys are all fighting for a common cause, yes. But the shockwaves were sent through the media today from this photo. After experiencing a violent attack a month before, the Christians surrounded their fellow countrymen as they prayed.
This act went a long way in repairing Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt today.
I am deeply ashamed of the lack of concern and prayer in my life for my brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith. I cannot go everywhere and see people come to know Christ – but I can pray that the Church will be strengthened and that God will give them opportunities to show extravagant love.
Our concern with the Middle East should not be how it is affecting our wallets because of gas prices. I have too many times been irritated with conflicts because it affected our gas in the States. I feel such deep regret (this word is not strong enough) for not having “gotten it” for this long. Should the gas prices rise, may we be reminded every time we pass a price posting that our brothers and sisters, our Church is there and they are fighting for the cause of Christ.
Forgive me, God… Much of what I do is so meaningless when compared to eternity. May I be more faithful in my prayers from here forward, and may the Church arise and make Christ known throughout the earth. May the people of God unite as one body to bring Him glory.