Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wolves and Lambs in Egypt

One of the under-reported dimensions of the revolution in Egypt was the way that Muslim’s and Christians worked together to bring democratic change through non-violent means.  This video was posted on YouTube a couple of weeks ago showing Muslims protecting Egyptian Christians (known as Coptic Christians) and their churches, and Christians protecting Muslim protesters from supporters of the Mubarak regime.   

Regardless of one’s views of the politics of this event, it is significant in that it was a non-violent revolt in which Muslims and Christians stood side-by-side, and it worked.  There are a couple of places in the Old Testament that use the metaphor of predatory animals like wolves, lions, and leopards living peaceably in God’s Kingdom with prey animals like lambs and calves (Isaiah 11:6 and 65:25), and it makes me wonder if this isn’t the very thing the biblical writers had in mind.  Maybe here in the United States we can realize that Christians and Muslims don’t have to be enemies—and maybe not even rivals.

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