Christians are taught to turn the other cheek and to love their enemies, all in service to the goal of demonstrating God’s love for all mankind.
But that is very often easier said than done. Particularly when you live in a place where your enemies are trying to slaughter you BECAUSE you are a Christian.
But that’s precisely when one’s witness can be most effective.
And that is the inspiring position taken by many Egyptian Christians (known as Copts) in recent days.
From Christianity Today:
welve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response.
“The Copts of Egypt … are made of … steel!” he finally uttered.
Moments earlier, Adeeb was watching a colleague in a simple home in Alexandria speak with the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St. Mark’s Cathedral in the seaside Mediterranean city.
On Palm Sunday, the guard had redirected a suicide bomber through the perimeter metal detector, where the terrorist detonated. Likely the first to die in the blast, Faheem saved the lives of dozens inside the church.