Christians in Libya, Egypt, and Turkey are caught in the middle of a broiling conflict.
Hostilities between Egypt and Turkey over oil-rich territory in Libya have ramped up in recent weeks. Many fear the standoff could break out into a full-blown war.
War rarely sees true winners, and a potential conflict between these two similarly-sized militaries would likely end poorly for both sides. The biggest loser, of course, would be Libya.
Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada explains the situation for Christians. “What’s happening is you’ve got the Christians in Libya, who have no religious freedom. They’re always in danger and underground. You have the Turkish Christians and the Egyptian Christians in those countries. So both Islamic countries, Turkey and Egypt, they’re coming at each other in Libya and fighting for control of that area, which of course is very strategic. The Christians are getting caught in the middle of all this.”
The Libyan church stays mostly underground, Musselman says. “It’s a small Christian community. And yet, of course, it is rooted in history in North Africa, [back] to the beginning of the Church. It looks as if the church has been decimated, but we can tell you that there is a growing church in Libya. People are coming to know the Lord.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that Christians in Egypt and Turkey will have wisdom to navigate being citizens and followers of Christ.
- Ask God to protect Christians in Libya, and help the Church grow.
- Pray that Egypt and Turkey would come to peaceful solutions.