Never mind the killing

By Ruth Limkin

Much of the world celebrated a win for democracy when Egypt’s dictator was recently removed. This article in The Australian may make us reconsider the celebration.

It starts… TWELVE Christian were murdered in Egypt. Two hundred and thirty-two people wounded. The death toll will surely rise as victims succumb to their injuries. And that’s just in the past few days. In the same time period, more Christians were killed in Egypt at the hands of Muslims than people killed in Syria or in Libya as a result of protests, riots and resistance.

Two churches in Cairo were burned in recent days. Over the past few months church property has being gutted, vandalised and violated with graffiti. Churches have been blown up. An entire community – the Christian community in the new Egypt – is under attack. And the world remains relatively silent. There has been no significant religious outcry, political redress or diplomatic pressure to stop the attacks.

The new Egypt.

It doesn’t sound like a place that is safe, or welcoming, particularly if you are a Christian.

At the time of Mubarak’s resignation, I wrote: “Depending on who steps into the leadership vacuum will determine whether freedom, or oppression, will be in Egypt’s future”.

The world rejoiced when a dictator was overthrown. Now the world must resist when destruction is outworked. We must not be silent and we must not look away. We must, somehow, find an effective voice to call for peace and insist that our government condemn such hateful behaviour.

And yet, as an individual, it seems like it’s such an overwhelming situation, in the midst of so many overwhelming situations around the world.

You or I may not be able to do much that is tangible about the situation on the ground in Egypt. But it is good that we know. And pray. And tell others.

And then they can know.

After all, sometimes it is in the knowing that we bestow honour on the fallen.

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ruth@ruthlimkin.com