With all of the horror stories of the murder and persecution of Christians in Egypt, I have been praying about what God would have me to say about these atrocities. Since this nightmare began, there have been many nights that I have remained awake in prayer for my brothers and sisters in Christ. My heart is breaking for them. The other night, I was deeply convicted in my spirit. I was simply sitting on my couch watching the coverage of the horror of the Christian persecution on “The Blaze.” I was enjoying a delicious, chocolate cupcake. I was mortified inside at the hatred and violence, taking place in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood and I asked myself, “How can I sit and eat this cupcake while this is happening to my brethren?”
The point is not the cupcake or feeling guilty about eating it, the point is that the sin would be eating the cupcake and then going back to the couch and remaining silent. So, that is what I believe God put on my heart to say. It is time to stop being afraid to speak out against evil, because, when we stop speaking out against it, we become part of the problem. I will go so far as to say that we, ourselves, become accomplices to evil when we remain silent. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil!”
When it came to the woman facing persecution for being caught up in adultery, what did Jesus do? He drew a line in the sand! (John 8:1-12) Now, when our fellow Christians are being murdered and threatened with genocide, we need to do the same. Jesus gave us a great example of what to do in such a time as this. We must draw our own lines in the sand, pick a side, stand on that side and refuse to budge. The line is as clear as day, it is black and white, good and evil. If the line is blurry to you, then you probably need to pray for discernment. I dare say that if you are a Bible believing Christian, the line should be crystal clear to you.
My pastor recently pointed out that, “At least the jihadists have zeal because they pray five times per day.” If you don’t think that their prayers have power, think again. Ephesians 6:10-13 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (NKJV)
One Christian leader in Egypt spoke anonymously to the Christian Post. He said,
“We see and hear angry Muslim Brotherhood members coming on TV screens threatening to burn Egypt down entirely to form what is so called “Egypt’s free army” and fight against the current army to accelerate the battle with the Jihadists in Sinai and that Egyptians will not be able to sleep until former president Morsi is back into office.”
This precious man asked for prayers for his country and his people. He said,
“Those [These] are the hardest days we’ve ever witnessed. The peaceful Egypt is now soaked into violence, hatred and desire to revenge. My heart and the hearts of millions of Christian and Muslim Egyptians are bleeding as we see Egypt turning into a strange country we’ve never knew [known] before.”
All that this innocent man wants is for the violence to stop and for peace to be restored in the country that he has lived in his entire life. Is that too much to ask for? Of course not! Is it too much to ask Christians to pray fervently for Egypt, along with peace for all men all over the world and for freedom to be restored to our own beloved county? Probably not! Is it too much to ask for Christians to start standing up and speaking out against violent jihadists? Sadly, the answer is, probably yes!
I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to put down the cupcakes and start talking about what is happening in Egypt. Call your representatives in Congress and demand that aid is stopped to the Muslim Brotherhood. Burn up the phone lines in Washington! Post this and other articles and pictures all over Facebook and other social networking sites. There is strength in numbers.
I will never forget what a good friend of mine said to me recently. He is an expert in radical Islam and, after expressing concerns of having a target placed on myself for speaking out, he said, “They are going to kill us anyway, so you might as well speak out!” So, what will it be, America? Do you not know that God is on our side? Jesus said, “Wherefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30, NKJV) Will you trust God or will you risk being called, “Ye of little faith” by God Himself?
Come on church! You, the individual are the church! Will you be the lukewarm Church of Laodicea? “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:14-16)
Or, will you be the faithful church of Philadelphia described in Revelation 3:10-12? “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” (Revelation 3:10-12)
So, go ahead and make your choice. No man can make it for you. I believe that time is running out. But make your choice carefully, for it has eternal consequences. If you decide to be the Laodicean Church…well you know what Jesus said! If you decide to be the faithful Church of Philadelphia, you can have your cupcake, eat it too and be blessed for eternity!