Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Quest for Peace and Stability in Egypt

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Quest for Peace and Stability in Egypt

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In a couple of hours I'll be hearing the Muslim call to prayers as it echoes out over the entire city. I'm writing these thoughts in the safety of my home in Ankara, Turkey, but my heart is tossed with turmoil as I know that the same call to prayer will also ring out shortly in Cairo, where the crisis in government has reached extremely violent proportions. The bloodshed that erupted last week has resulted in the loss of more than 900 lives, mostly civilians, and injuries to many more.

My heart is with the people of Egypt, but I'll not be marching in Cairo. I'm trusting in an infinite God, who is Love, to be on the scene. I'm praying for peace and mentally protesting against violence and brutality of any kind. There are many others offering such prayers.

As I start thinking deeply about the tense situation there, wishing to calm the fears of everyone and offer comfort to those who have lost a loved one, I realize that my prayers should seek and find peace for both the members of the interim government and all parties. My prayers are for stability, good government, and universal brotherhood for all.

The prophet Ezekiel records God as saying, "I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him" (21:27). God gives the right to rule. There will be much overturning to finally bring "whose right it is" to reign.

Interpreting that Bible verse literally might mean we are waiting in turmoil for just the right person to come along and take the government into his or her hands. Who would this right person be?

Rising from the literal meaning of that passage to the spiritual, however - in a kind of mental uprising - we can calmly ask not who, but what: What is being overturned? What has the right to reign? Here we're dealing with divine government and spiritual ideas, not persons. God impartially gives the right idea to everyone to rule them with justice, mercy, humility, and peace.

Where exactly does the government of God, divine Love, reign? …

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