On Tuesday, a group of Egyptian-American Coptics dressed in orange jumpsuits gathered near the White House, demanding the Obama administration do more to protect Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi Christians.
“Obama, Obama, did you see? Christian blood is in the sea,” they chanted.
American Copts who marched slowly from the White House to Capitol Hill demanded that U.S officials take more aggressive action against the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Hanna Asaad, front, is among of group of Egyptian Coptic Christians marching toward the White House on Tuesday in remembrance of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians recently beheaded in Libya by ISIS.
For Copts in the Washington area and across the United States — mostly a population of educated, professional émigrés — the seaside slaughter was an especially horrific incident in a history of increasing persecution that the Christian minority group has faced in its native Egypt. Recent attacks included the bombing of a church on New Year’s Day, 2011, in the city of Alexandria, which left 21 worshippers dead and 79 injured.
In addition to Coptic suffering, on Tuesday, human rights groups in Syria reported that at least 150 Assyrian Christians had been kidnapped by ISIS after they seized two Christian villages from Kurdish forces in northern Syria. One demonstrator outside the White House was a Syrian who said some of his relatives were among those taken and missing.
In the Washington region, Copts have emerged as a small but vocal source of pressure on the administration, in part because of their Christian heritage and in part because many are affluent, well-organized U.S. citizens. Most originally came from Cairo or other Egyptian cities and have remained deeply engaged in Egyptian politics.
In the meanwhile, Christians in Egypt mourn their suffering:
The American church by large has fallen away and the remnant church needs to move on this issue and stand by the tens of thousands in front of the White House. When it comes to demonstrating to defend Christian blood, it takes the Copts, a small minority in the U.S. to demonstrate on the streets of Washington. But when it comes to Climate Change, nearly half a million marched in New York City:
While, you might think, ‘the world is going nuts,’ and ‘why should this matter since I would not be caught dead in a Climate Change demonstration with Al Gore’.
Try searching for churches in America marching for Christians suffering. From all these millions upon millions of American Christians who attend thousands of churches, to find any such demonstrations in New York’s Manhattan or the White House fighting for the persecuted church simply doesn’t exist.
However, we finally found one:
But it was from 6 years ago and it was a small number of Indian Christians fighting for their Christian brethren in India suffering under the peace-loving religion of Hinduism.
So what are all these Christians doing in their churches? If they are praising Jesus, He identified Himself, especially His body, with the persecuted Copts in Egypt:
“And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD
because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.” (Isaiah 19:20)
The “Mighty One” is the Messiah who fights the oppressors on the day of the Lord.
And where do we see such faith like the Copts? Where do we see multitudes of Christians taking to the streets when there are 90% Muslims and in the face of such a massive threat the Copt stands for Christ, yet here, we fear a handful of bickering Muslims?
Christ was called “Mighty One,” Isaiah 19:20 leaves no question as to who Christ comes to rescue: “He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.”
This is Messiah personally coming to defeat Egypt. Obviously Egypt is a 90% Muslim nation with 10% Christians who will be caught up in the clouds and then landing to fight tyranny and Antichrist.
There is much to learn from the Copts who are remnants of St. Mark, the apostle who started that church in Egypt.
In the West, Christians these days love to talk Bible. In the East, they love to do Bible.
We also forget who wrote it, where they lived, what they did, what they said, and how they interpreted the text.
If I want to know what Mark meant by certain verses, I will sure check with the humble Copt before I check with the popular Rick Warren!