Possible Conflict in Egypt
The following blog is another in a series of blogs from a co-worker in Egypt about the chaotic, changing situation in Egypt over the last several months:
Many Egyptians are already fed up with the dominant behavior of a single party rule, revealed over the last two months since the elections, while we were hoping so fervently for a real, long-waited-for multi-party system.
Looking back we remember the former dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP), with their greed for power and authority, they spread out their domination over all top national leading positions, and not leaving any space for opposition or other political entities to emerge. We’ve all hoped that such a model was gone and in the past… burned down, just like the NDP headquarters building located in the center of Cairo. But hidden intentions are re-emerging and Christians as well as liberal and moderate Muslims are severely rejecting a one-party rule attitude.
Due to the current tense situation, a nationwide plea has come from opposition movements, writers, politicians and many others, requesting Egyptians to go out again on the streets on August 24 and revolt against the “one-party man show,” condemning their greed for power.
To add more complications to the political dilemma, this past weekend President Mohammed Morsi grabbed back legislative power by sending the country’s two top military officers into retirement and cancelling a June decree by the supreme army generals that had kept lawmaking powers out of presidential hands. At first glance it sounds like a logical decision, but no one is certain about the proper timing for such a major move.
Egypt is in turmoil now, awaiting a possible confrontation that may take place; or may not. This confrontation could erupt between the supporters of the Islamist parties seeking to turn Egypt into a closed Islamic state, and those seeking a new, open civil country.
The scenario for such confrontation is still very vague, as well as the consequences. We Christians have nothing to do but to turn our eyes to heaven and cry on the name of the Lord. Only He can save Egypt. We are praying for Egypt…please join us in these critical days before August 24!
Father, among the throngs of people in Egypt, Your people are living out their lives, seeking to serve You in the daily tasks that make up life. For now, they are living in a fragile political tension and they do not know what tomorrow will hold. Yet, ultimately You are ruling over this country, and so we call on You to overrule and bring about justice. Give them wisdom as to how to approach tomorrow’s potential revolt. And we pray that Your peace that surpasses all earthly understanding will fill their hearts and minds. In the name of Jesus who protects and empowers, Amen.