Egypt is on fire. Quite literally. There is a political upheaval happening there is resulting in death for many. My fear us that this could spread. What the news is not really covering is that it the protests are very anti-America and anti-Israel. The scary part is that an extreme group called the Muslim Brotherhood is waiting on the sidelines waiting for opportunity to take over leadership in the country. Their motto is: “”Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

Uncomfortable? I am.

Anyway, parts of the protests and movement is also very anti-Christian. This is not the environment like we have here in the US. Here, we think people are persecuting us because we are not allowed to say Merry Christmas at our Public School job or pray at the High School graduation. It’s much worse than that in many parts of the world.

In Egypt, Christians get killed. In December there was a bombing in a Christian community to warn Christians not to celebrate Christmas. The article I linked above says:

Al-Qaida in Iraq had threatened Christians in Iraq and Egypt in the weeks leading up to the holidays and Saturday’s deadly bombing. Militant websites have even posted names and addresses of churches in Egypt to target, raising fears of a follow-up attack on celebrations of the Orthodox Christmas, which Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority marks on Friday.

Well, they celebrated anyway. Attendees had to show ID’s or their Christian tattoo to enter the service. Yes, many people have a tattoo of a cross on their wrists. How cool is that! It’s also very risky. There’s not faking it.

Perhaps we should take a moment to pray for the people and Christians in Egypt–and other parts of the world where they do not share the freedom we have here in the USA. And it is that freedom that so many autocrats, theocrats, and crazies hate. It enables everyone to worship the God of their choosing. It is something I take for granted too much.

Just thought you should know.