Do the leaders who condemned the killing of the Charlie Hebdo twelve care about the Christian twenty-one?
In January, world leaders gathered in France under the banner “Je suis Charlie”—proclaiming solidarity with the twelve killed by Islamists at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, an irreverent French newspaper.
Today I watched a video of twenty-one Coptic Christians, each being led along a beach by a black-clad jihadist, before being pushed to their knees so that the leader of the cowardly beasts could make a speech.
Then, all twenty-one were pushed face down in the sand–in unison crying out: “Ya Rabbi Yasou”—O My Lord Jesus—as knives were put to their throats.
Will world leaders and media now proclaim: أنا القبطية (I am Coptic)? Will any show solidarity with the group which has been the target of more mass murders than any other in the past more than a hundred years—with Christians?
I won’t hold my breath. My comfort is not from false grandstanding, but from the One who reveals these words:
I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!… I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image…They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. [The Revelation to John 12:10-12a; 20:4]
Rest in peace, dear brethren. Your prayers and peace in the face of approaching death have moved me deeply… I am asking for grace to be as faithful as you.