Monday, 11 March 2013

Being a Christian After the "Arab Spring"

Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death

This morning I received this e-mail from a friend who is involved in an Arabic-speaking Alpha. It speaks to something I have posted on before - the danger of getting involved in something before we completely understand it - in this case the so-called, "Arab Spring," which, I gather, was supposed to result in freedom and democracy in the Arab world. Well... some Arabs are not so free.
A Hero in Libya  
This morning I received the news that my brother and friend Ezzat was killed in Libya He was arrested, tortured and killed by the Libyan authority His crime was sharing the Good News with others He left his wife and two kids Ezzat is a hero. Heroes cannot throw out dangers but they can throw out fears. We mustn't disgrace our life in Christ by standing in fear of death. Death is no more than transforming us from mortal status to eternity and immortality. Death is not the end of their story but only the next chapter. Will our actions continue impacting the world after our departure? Will the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind and the bruised, hear the name of Jesus and receive the salvation of Jesus long after we're gone? Heroes who have lost their lives in battle will not be forgotten. Those of us who knew Ezzat best will tell stories of his bravery, his heroism and his sacrifice. Ezzat was steadfast throughout torturing and embraced death with a smile and peace. He is gone from this life but he will not be forgotten as he will live on within us. He has taken his place in heaven and will spend eternity with God and with those whose hearts are brave, good and full of love to God just like his own. Heroes like Ezzat have made us better people and for that, we should be grateful. His memory will live on through us and it is our privilege and responsibility to ensure he is remembered forever for how honorably he lived, how bravely he broke through the powers of darkness strongholds and how honestly he loved his savior. We will carry the memory of those heroes of faith in our hearts forever, we will celebrate their lives and we will cherish the memories of their tremendous loyalty, unwavering convictions and deep true love for Jesus. For the powers of darkness in Libya, they might think that they get rid of one of God’s light bearers but as a matter of fact we can now be more confident than ever that Libya is for Christ. May the peace of God, which passes all understanding shall keep his wife and kids hearts and minds through Christ Jesus Hallelujah

My heart aches at this news. Let us in the west never confuse societal disapproval or anti-Christian attitudes with true persecution.

See my previous posts here and here...

Take Care

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