Protests in Egypt
written by CUFI
As massive protests in Egypt enter their seventh day, we are growing increasingly concerned.
We fear that we may have seen this movie before. When similar protests erupted in Iran in 1979, they were likewise led by middle class merchants and professionals. Yet radical Islamists led by the Ayatollah Khomeini were the ones who ultimately seized control. Iran changed from a strong ally of the United States and Israel to a violent enemy of both. The people of Iran have been subjected to a tyranny too absolute and violent to overthrow.
The same tragedy could unfold in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood – the radical organization which gave birth to both Al Qaeda and Hamas -- is among the largest opposition forces in Egypt. If radical Islamists seize control of Egypt, America would lose an ally, and Israel would see its peaceful border with Egypt turned into yet another front of war and conflict. The Egyptian people would be saddled with a tyranny that could make the present regime seem benign by comparison.
We therefore ask today for your urgent prayers. We ask that you pray for the people of Egypt, that they will remain safe during this turbulent time and emerge with greater freedoms than ever before. And we ask that you pray for Israel. Let us seek God's intervention to ensure that whoever wins this power struggle in Egypt will honor the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, not rip it up and open a new front of war. Let us pray that somehow this unrest will multiply peace and not unleash greater violence.
But let all those that put their trust in thee
let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. Psalm 5:11
5And the LORD will
create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion,
and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day,and the shining of a flaming fire by night:
for upon all the glory shall be a defense. Isaiah 4:5