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Good News from Egypt

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.' 

— Matthew 2:13

For many centuries Egyptians have been proud that when God's Son needed refuge, he came to their land for shelter and security.

Today, as the bright sunshine of the Arab Spring is being overshadowed by darkening clouds of the Arab Fall, many Christians and moderate Muslims are seeking to flee from Egypt for freedom.

You will undoubtedly have heard that the Islamists have made significant gains in the recent first round of parliamentary elections. This was expected but has, nevertheless, discouraged many who made great efforts to vote and somehow hoped that the non-Islamist candidates and parties would have made greater gains. Nonetheless, many believe that the next two rounds of elections will not be as favorable for the Islamists. A host of smaller parties are joining forces to counteract the Islamist takeover.

Many wonder why the Islamist parties have gotten a majority of the votes. Here are a couple possible possible reasons:

Before you claim that this is naïve, think of how keen Christians in your country are to vote for a Christian candidate!

God at Work

Rather than focus on the many economic, social, political, cultural, and religious problems that Egyptians are struggling with, I want to share with you some remarkable news of unprecedented breakthroughs for the gospel.

In the opening service of the new church close to us, the pastor preached on 1 John 4:18, “perfect love casts out fear.” True believers should not fear. The best antidote to fear, he said, is love. We do not fear those we love. So the solution is to love those we fear. What a message for Christians in Egypt today!

Ramez Atallah serves as general director of the Bible Society of Egypt and vice chair of the Lausanne Movement. He earned his master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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