Wake Up! We’re In the Last Days: Egypt Now: Here Later? Part 3

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 15:17 PM
August 21, 2013

Churches-620x412    Signaled by The New York Times and Washington Post, mainstream media is at last looking at the ways Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is destroying Christian churches. Hmm! Wonder why it took them so long, and what new news they bring.

Kareem Fahim Times’ story, ‘Islamists Step Up Attacks on Christians for Supporting Morsi’s Ouster,’ cites specifics on the number of churches lost in the attacks, as well as Christians killed:  “A Coptic Christian group, the Maspero Youth Union, recorded at least six deaths and the destruction of at least 38 churches, as well as attacks on at least 23 more.”

Fahim explains “The signs of trouble started to appear in Nazla about two weeks before the attack when graffiti appeared on some 300 Christian homes: “‘We’ll protect legitimacy with our blood,’ a mantra of Mr. Morsi’s supporters, who have insisted that he be restored to power.”

He adds that Christians in Nazla spent 13 years collecting money to build a church, school, youth center and wedding hall––all destroyed by Brotherhood mobs.  Even one Christian orphanage was burned to the ground. Again, in all cases, The Times reports, police and firefighters were no where to be found.

In her Washington Post story, ‘Ravaged Churches Reveal Sectarian Split Feeding Egypt’s Violence,’ Abigail Hauslohner summarizes citizens in Beni Mazar had to borrow keys to a fire truck hoping to save an evangelical church:

“It was one of more than 60 churches that have been attacked, vandalized and in many cases set aflame across Egypt Church-Fire-Sohagin a surge of violence against Christians.” Yet the government still has not provided security for churches.

Hauslohner’s title is based on cities in the Nile Valley which have much larger Christian populations than the 10% norm for Egypt, saying sectarian rivalries between Muslims and Christians frequently turn violent.

She adds:  “Some “five or six” bearded Islamists with assault rifles broke through the evangelical church gate in Beni Mazar around midday Aug. 14, the owner of a Christian bookstore next door said in an interview this week.

“The accomplices carried off thousands of dollars’ worth of computer, video and audio equipment, as well as air conditioning units, before setting the church on fire.”  But when they saw two Washington Post reporters inspecting damage done to a Christian charity, plainclothes police officers carrying assault rifles ran up to claim that they couldn’t help because they were under attack themselves.

These newspapers are the major beacons for truth in the U.S. If they had spoken sooner lives, homes and churches may have been saved.  Our writers would normally end this blog with Scriptures about the duties of journalists as watchmen.

But bigger quandaries are silences from U.S. church leaders.  Do they care nothing for Christians overseas?  Jesus’ words in wholesale Christian Bibles says it best:  “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me (Mark 7:6).”

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