Spring is supposed to be the time of blossoming life. Flower buds burst forth with petals gleaming white against the grassy green canvas of trees and lawns. Purple, pink, and yellow splash
throughout the portrait we call spring. It is springtime. But in Kentucky, spring has brought violent storms, tornadoes, and rain. Lots of rain. Historic deluges of rain rarely seen in these parts since the days of Noah. Spring is supposed to be colorful and sunny, but it has proved, instead, to be dull and rainy.
Such is the way this spring has gone in Kentucky. But we have no reason to complain. As bad as the weather has been around here lately, the problems we have are nothing compared to those of Christians suffering through the so-called “Arab spring.” If we think the storm clouds are hanging low over our horizon right now, we ought to think about what is happening to our brothers and sisters throughout Arab lands.
In Egypt, where many in America were celebrating the rise of “democracy” and demanding that Mubarak resign, Christians now face a bleak future indeed. The Muslim Brotherhood is wielding political clout like a Saif al Din, seeking to enforce Shariah law on all Egyptians, including Christians. If you want to know how destructive Shariah law is for non-Muslims, read this Andrew McCarthy piece. The “progress” of the Islamic direction of the “New Egypt” has Christians begging to leave Egypt, even though there were Christian churches in the country before Islam ever existed. One Coptic Christian leader says that he is already receiving hundreds of calls each week from Christians trying to flee from Egypt.
Egypt isn’t alone. In Iraq, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baghdad was bombed on Easter Sunday. In India, more than 15,000 Christians took to the streets of Mumbai on Good Friday to protest the continuing persecution of the saints in India. Christians in Orissa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and other provinces have endured hundreds of violent attacks since 2008.
For a rundown of the persecution of Christians in Palestine and the Middle East, see here. There is no shortage of persecution for Christians around the world this spring. Even as the rain continues to fall in Kentucky, we should recall that the real storm is falling on our fellow believers in Muslim areas of the world. The “Arab Spring” which was supposed to bring greater freedoms through the spread of democracy is turning out to be more of a Kentucky spring, where one violent storm is followed by another.