The time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service
بَلْ سَيَأْتِي وَقْتٌ يَظُنُّ فِيهِ مَنْ يَقْتُلُكُمْ أَنَّهُ يُؤَدِّي خِدْمَةً لِلهِ
وسيفعلون هذا بكم لانهم لم يعرفوا الآب ولا عرفوني
As we approach the conclusion of Holy Lent, and Good Friday when Christ suffered for our sake, we are reminded of His words to us in the Gospel of St John the Evangelist (see above). For His children are indeed being cast out and persecuted for His name.
1) In Qena:
An attack on a Coptic community in Upper Egypt...the cause: they were suspected of building a church.
No you're not experiencing deja vu. This is a fresh attack. The third this year for the same reason. I really don't have much more to say about this other than to say to those who insist there's no religiously based persecution in Egypt: How do you explain this then?????
2) In Saudi Arabia
The priest was , shock horror, praying!!! Who knew you could get arrested and chucked out of a country because you are praying?? And not any country, mind you. This is a country that claims to be the guardian of Islam. Islam which we've been hearing tonnes about its tolerance and respect for other religions.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for respecting a country's laws while you are on their land. What gets me is the hypocricy and the double standards. Had this happened to an Imam in Australia, well...you all saw the post-cartoon hysteria.
Yes Lord, even in this day and age of intellectual and scientific advancements and awareness of human rights and freedoms...your children are still being persecuted.
We pray for the safety of all Your children, and we pray for the salvation of those who don't know You that they may experience the true light, for You have said:
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.(John 12:46)
انا قد جئت نورا الى العالم حتى كل من يؤمن بي لا يمكث في الظلمة