Egyptian Christian Ask for Our Prayers

Egyptian Christians request our prayers as Egypt prepares to commence Parliamentary elections on 28th November (the elections are in stages and are scheduled to conclude on 10th March 2012). Within the current context of protest, violence and lack of security, Christians have several specific concerns.

First, Christians are concerned that the pattern of protest and violent response is nurturing an environment of indifference towards violence, including sectarian violence.

Second, Christians continue to be a vulnerable group, disproportionally affected by the lack of security in Egypt. They fear that the current climate of intimidation, violence and instability could lead to fewer Christians voting, which would impact their representation in Parliament.

Third, Christians are concerned that some parties, if they achieve power, intend to restrict freedoms, including freedom of expression and the religious freedom of religious minority communities. Although most parties have pledged to fight against sectarianism and discrimination, Christians fear that some parties, likely to have significant representation, would not honour such pledges.

Egyptian Christians request our prayers that:
a. The elections will be conducted in a peaceful environment and in a fair manner, and that all Egyptians, including Christians, will have confidence in the process
b.There will be an end to the violence, and that independent investigations will be initiated into the recent violence and that suffered by predominantly Christian protesters in October
c. That all political parties will respect and uphold Egypt’s current human rights commitments, including the freedoms of belief and expression

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

7 thoughts on “Egyptian Christian Ask for Our Prayers”

  1. Danut,

    Without much satisfaction, I have to state an “I told you so.” In one of our previous conversations I expressed concern about what is happening with Christians in this Arab Spring revolutions. You declared your approval for the supposed move to democracy and your lack of bias regarding parochial religious concerns. Looks like this article goes the other direction, recognizing the worries of the Christian community as these countries are taken over by democratic Islamic majorities.

    We need to worry not only about the Christians of Egypt, but also about those in Syria. My Arab Christian brothers in my church tell me that the former regimes were tyrannical, but gave basic rights to the Christians. That was true of Egypt, Iraq and Syria. The new regimes will be democratic and intolerant. This is partly a consequence of 50-70 years of American aggression in the Arab world. Muslim Arabs lived peacefully side by side with Christians for hundreds of years, as long as the West did not interfere. Now the equate Christians with imperialists and they hate them.

    I claim no special wisdom on what is the best course, but at a minimum we should pray for our brothers in Middle East.

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    1. I understand what you are saying, my friend and I assure you that I am as concerned as you are by the persecution of the Christians in the world, as, like you, I was myself the object of persecution.
      However, at the same time, I am as concerned, and I hope you share my concerned, at least to a certain extent, with the tendency of many Christians to think selfishly about their own freedoms and benefits, without thinking about the fate of others.
      I cannot understand how Christians in Egypt and Syria could be silent for some many years about the oppressive nature of the regimes in those countries, as long as they have respected their little freedoms. In my opinion, this sort of narrow-minded selfishness is incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
      Now, it is possible that the Arab winter may bring in, more or less democratically, Islamist regimes that might restrict the rights of Christians.
      Democracy, as we well know, is not perfect and is unavoidably messy. Yet, it is always better than oppression.
      Finally, indeed, we need to pray for Christians, but also for Muslims and secularists, that reason and common sense will prevail. May God have mercy on us all!

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    2. De data asta sunt de-acord cu dl. Oara, In plus, In Siria e-un grup de crestini loviti de 2 ori: crestinii refugiati din Irac.
      Adaog ceva ce dl. oara n0a spus, dar s-a tot incercat a se nega pe-aici. De vina nu e primavara, ci Islamul care nu e pasnic…Cum ar putea produce democratie?

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      1. Desigur, in vreme ce crestinismul, asa cum stim din istoprie, si din actiunile statelor asa-zis crestine, este o religie a pacii desavirsite.
        Din insasi aversiunea dvs fata de islam si islamici se vede de la o posta cit de pasnic este crestinismul, atunci cind este inteles ideologic.

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      2. @”Din insasi aversiunea dvs fata de islam si islamici se vede de la o posta cit de pasnic este crestinismul, atunci cind este inteles ideologic.”
        Pt dvs orice critica este o dovada de cit de nepasnic este Crestinismul. Dupa logica folosita de dvs, replica dvs la comentariul meu este o dovada de cit de nepasnic e crestinismul. Etichetaea oricarei afirmatii, oricite dovezi ar aduce ea, este fie refuzul de-a gindi -ideologizare- fie aversiune ca o forma incipienta a urii; sau simpla pretentie a monopolizarii adevarului.

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  2. It always strucks me as odd the difference between the general message of the Sermon on the Mount regarding the rejoicing in persecution and the political twist given to it by modern “democratic” Christianity.
    It only makes sense if you are complaining (or praying for) on behalf of the Other’s not your own “protection” Then you’ll strike me as a Christ-like figure.
    Not saying that is easy but it’s desirable

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