Pagans tend to like their violent, dramatic revolutions.
Sometimes, God really works like that.
But the Soviet Union was simply, quietly dissolved on Christmas Day 1991 — a very nice Christmas present for God and the world, by the way! — and the Islamic State was ground down by ho-hum bombing campaigns and a conventional ground-based military campaign.
Hmmm… speaking of the Islamic State…
Thousands Rejoice As Egypt Legalizes 127 New Churches With More In View
The news about 127 churches which were recently legalized by the Egyptian government has brought an unspeakable joy t the christian community in the country.
A committee set up by the Egyptian government approved the legalization of 127 churches which were previously being run in an illegal capacity.
A law passed in 2016 hoped to speed up the process of legalization, with thousands of churches being built without a permit and operating in fear of government reprisals.
Prior to the law being passed, it was notoriously difficult to get state approval and, therefore, congregations could find themselves at risk of prosecution.
Since the law passed, some 1,021 have been granted permits by the committee, according to International Christian Concern.
While the committee still has many churches to legalize, this is a promising start for a country in which Coptic Christians have faced fierce levels of violence and persecution for decades.
Recall that Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi early this year, inaugurated the country’s largest cathedral and the Largest Church In the Middle East.
According to Persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, the country’s Christians still face daily persecution from groups within the Islamic-majority population, as well as mistreatment from the government itself.
The Islamic culture “fuels discrimination and creates an environment causing the state to be reluctant to respect and enforce the fundamental rights of Christians,” Open Doors explains on its Egypt fact page.
Egypt ranks 16th on Christian support organization Open Doors 2019 World Watch list of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.Thousands Rejoice As Egypt Legalizes 127 New Churches With More In View
Remember: God has all the time in the universe to get what He wants, while Satan knows his time is short, and running down. Every loss the wicked get is more and more difficult for them to regained: every victory they gain is a temporary and fragile matter.
And the victories of the wicked get fewer and more temporary… and their defeats the wicked earn grow more numerous, and more permanent.
“Something to do about killing their children and destroying their future? Lunacy like trying to freeze time and return to the past? Wasting resources and destroying their economy? Fighting the nature of reality itself? Putting their trust in fantasies and lies?”
“I can think of a million things I’d prefer to do, rather than pick a fight with God. Dumb move. How are you supposed to fight Someone who can read your mind like an open book, predestined your every action before time even began, and always gets to decide what happens, and what does not happen, from the nano to the cosmic scale?”
“You don’t fight God: you are used by God, and then thrown in the incinerator after your life has been ruined — by your own decisions, and your own actions — for the betterment, enrichment and enlightenment of God’s friends and allies. With your full and enthusiastic consent, of course.”
Or, put in explicitly biblical language:
…when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?Romans 10b-24, ESV
- The Good Guys are going to win, and the Bad Guys are going to lose.
- God — and not any anti-Christian Establishment — gets to decide who the Good Guys and the Bad Guys are.