The Islamist suicide attacks on Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday are having their intended effect. Those churches are canceling or cutting back on Easter celebrations out of fear of attacks and a lack of security efforts by the government to protect them. Just as we’ve seen in other Middle Eastern nations, radical Islamists are working on driving out every vestige of some of the oldest Christian communities on Earth, just as they drove out the Jews. I am hearing reports of individuals begging Pastors to have services despite the danger. Interesting. People begging to have Easter worship in a hostile environment while in some parts of the world Pastors have to beg people to come to safe places. The Gospel disappears because of a lack of thankfulness, not because of overt hostility.
About The Author
Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for 40 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ love compels us, constrains us and sends us forth.