So much for Muslims and Christians coming together in brotherly love in Egypt. In the aftermath of the revolution in Egypt, the persecution of Christians in that nation has escalated dramatically. In our last post, we warned that Egypt was about to take a hard turn toward radical Islam, and we were right. Churches are being bombed, Christians are being attacked and there have even been reports of government forces opening fire on church buildings. As radical Islam gets an even stronger hold on Egyptian society, the horrific persecution of Christians in Egypt is only going to increase. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt because they are living in the middle of a nightmare right now. Unfortunately, the Scriptures tell us that in the last days persecution is going to increase for all Christians.
At this point there are almost daily stories in the international news about the persecution of Christians in Egypt.
For example, check out the following excerpt from a story today in the Jerusalem Post….
The Health Ministry said the 13 people were killed and 140 wounded in violence on Tuesday night ignited by tensions built up since an arson attack on a church south of Cairo on Saturday.
This recent violence was sparked by an attack over the weekend during which an estimated 4,000 Muslims violently assaulted Christian homes and burned a church in the Egyptian town of Soul which is about 18 miles from Cairo.
The Assyrian International News Agency noted that witnesses of the church burning said that the radical Muslims involved were chanting “Allahu Akbar” as they destroyed the church….
Witnesses said the mob chanted “Allahu Akbar” and vowed to conduct their morning prayers on the church plot after razing it.
Unfortunately, violence against Christians in Egypt is not new. Back on New Year’s Eve 21 people were killed and 43 people were injured when a massive bomb went off outside a Coptic church in the city Alexandria, Egypt.
Another example of the persecution of Christians in Egypt prior to the recent revolution was recently noted by Family Security Matters….
Despite wallowing in money from America, Mubarak had made no attempt to improve the plight of Egypt’s Christians. As noted by Raymond Ibrahim, in November 2010, Egyptian security forces opened fire upon Christians who had not followed discriminatory building regulations. The Copts had constructed the St. Mary and St. Michael churches in the district of Giza. Three unarmed Christians died from gunfire, and a small girl was suffocated by tear gas. Wounded demonstrators were handcuffed to hospital beds before being sent to detention camps.
Many of our political leaders and many in the mainstream media have been praising the recent Egyptian revolution, but the truth is that it was not about freedom and liberty.
Instead, what the Egyptian revolution really represented was a hard turn toward radical Islam.
Egypt is becoming a radical Islamist state. 10 percent of the population of Egypt is Christian, and they are no longer going to be able to feel safe. More churches are likely to be burned and more Christians are likely to die.
Please pray for the Christians in Egypt. Someday we all may be facing the kind of persecution that they are going through right now.