Experts on the persecution of Christians in Egypt say that, even though Egyptian Christians have had better circumstances under the current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Christians are still exposed to violence and persecution from radical Muslims.
than in the past presidents such as Mohamed Morsy and Hosni Mubarak
“No single Muslim has ever been convicted or imprisoned for attacking Christians,” said Pastor Samuel Tadros, a Coptic church pastor. He said this in a lecture at an online conference held by the Middle Eastern Christian advocacy group, In Defense of Christians. “The government, which even promotes violent mobs rather than trying to stop them or punish their actions, has completely failed to protect Christians.”
According to Tadros, a recent mob of radical Muslims burned down the home of an old Christian woman. They also stripped off her clothes and dragged her into the street. However, the Egyptian court declared those who incited and led the mob innocent.
Pastor Tadros said, “These incidents are common. The al-Sisi administration seems to notice Christians at least better than former President Hosni Mubarak or the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Tadros. “But al-Sisi shows mixed feelings about Christians. On the outside, he seems to be sympathetic to Christians to gain public support; however, the president himself is personally indifferent about the difficulties Christians are facing.”
He added, “Al-Sisi is a Muslim, but he attended a Christmas service at a Coptic cathedral. He also registers some churches with the government. Also, he signed a new bill to build a Coptic church with government money. But, he doesn’t do everything favorably for Christians. For instance, it is still difficult for churches to obtain a permit for church registration or to obtain land for a new church building.”
According to data released by Open Doors, a Christian organization that globally monitors persecution against Christians, Egypt placed 16th on the 2021 World Watch List, a ranking of the 50 countries with the most severe persecution against Christians.
Source: Christian Today
Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
(Acts 21:12-13, NKJV)
Father God, radical Muslims are still persecuting and attacking Christians in Egypt. There is still no clear law or punishment for these crimes.
But we know You are protecting the Egyptian church from the dangers they face daily. We desire the confession of Paul to be that of the Egyptian church! May no Egyptian Christian fear not only being bound but even dying for the name of our Lord Jesus.
In the midst of severe persecution and hardship, may Your children in Egypt become even more like You, Lord Jesus. Just as You obeyed to the point of death on the cross, we pray for the Egyptian church to also obey to the point of death and boldly go out to make disciples of all nations! Bless them, Lord, to follow wherever You go!
The Word that the Holy Spirit has prophesied through Isaiah, that Egypt, Assyria, and Israel will be blessings in the midst of the earth, is already coming true! The Egyptian church has already begun to send missionaries to Iraq, which is present-day Assyria, and even receive missionaries from Iraq.
May these young people not love their lives on earth even unto death, but only look to the eternal kingdom that is coming. Through the Egyptian, Iraqi, and Israeli church, we ask for a great harvest to begin that will lead many Arab nations back to our Lord Jesus! Amen!