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Morsi’s Power Grab Creates More Unrest in Egypt

November 27, 2012 by Open Doors in General

People Gathered in Egypt

“The Cold Winds of the Evening Blew on My Face as I raised My Eyes to Heaven and Prayed for Egypt” – Christian Leader

Last week Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a controversial decree that gives him more legislative power and protects his decisions from any judicial oversight. His surprising new decree, which was announced Thursday night at the end of the workweek in Egypt, threw the volatile country into a state of turmoil.

Clashes erupted throughout the country between three different groups-supporters of President Morsi on one side, the opposition on the other side, and the police forces, who are in some cases fighting against both of them, according to a Christian leader who has been blogging over the last few months from Egypt. According to Reuters, 360 people have been injured and one person has died in these most recent clashes between protesters and police.

On Tuesday, two large demonstrations were planned. One demonstration was to take place near Cairo University for Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters; while all other Egyptian parties and groups opposing Morsi’s unexpected decree was to protest in Tahrir Square. According to Reuters,

“Hundreds of demonstrators were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a sixth day on Wednesday to demand that President Mohamed Morsi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers, and two of Egypt’s top courts stopped work in protest.”

Christians in Egypt are struggling to cope with this latest round of political and social upheaval. “We Christians are not sure, together with most Egyptians, if we should actually take the risk and go to work and drive through the city, or should we just stay at home waiting for the unknown,” blogs a Christian leader. “Sunday night I visited a group of friends from church. The host family lives in a 17th floor apartment with an overwhelming view from their balcony over the Nile and the city of Cairo. To live, drive and walk among the 18 million Cairo residents is quite hectic, but to get to see them from above is different and emotional. The roaring noises below struck my ears, as I started to cry over my injured city and wounded country. ‘Lord,’ I prayed. ‘Will Egypt have some days of rest one day?’ I asked.”

He adds, “The struggles of the previous days, together with the concerns of tomorrow and the days to follow, bring pain and agony to my heart. The cold winds of the evening blew on my face as I raised my eyes to heaven and prayed for Egypt. Then I was reminded by the Almighty that my help does come from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth. He whispered in my ears, in my moments of desperation, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ (Psalm 46:10). Claim this with me, as we face the uncertainties of tomorrow and the coming days over this latest crisis in Egypt.”

Father, as we view the political situation in Egypt with our human vision, the plight of Christians there looks bleak. Help us all to see through Your eyes, to see Your hand of protection in their midst. In the midst of bleak, even fearful, circumstances, help believers there to see opportunities to offer compassion and to share Your gospel. We boldly ask You to intervene in the thinking of President Morsi and other leaders to allow greater freedom for all to worship and practice their faith in peace. In the name of Jesus who hears the cry of our hearts, Amen.

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