It’s hard to ignore the state of affairs in the Middle East. Daily reports include the intentional and systematic persecution and execution of Christians. A video was recently released of 21 young Christian Egyptian men who were killed in Libya. These awful developments cause a variety of responses, ranging from anger to sadness.
Ramez Atallah is the general director of the Bible Society of Egypt and vice chair of the Lausanne Movement. He released this post last week and has some helpful insights to what is taking place and how believers around the world can pray.
I was struck by the response of one of his coworkers who said she was “very encouraged” in the midst of these difficult circumstances. She is encouraged because Egyptian Christians were willing to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ and that “the gospel can still help us hold onto the promises of God even when facing death.”
Atallah quotes Hebrews 11:37-38 in his post:
They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated, the world was not worthy of them. (Heb. 11:37–38)
We experience a wonderful freedom of religion in American. Friends, use that freedom to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are experiencing persecution. Pray that God would use their deaths to spur revival; that their faithful testimony would ignite the flame of the gospel and that Christ would be glorified.