Egypt’s Christian heritage is one of the oldest in the world. With a population of about 85 million, 11 million Egyptians would claim to be Christian, about 3.5 million are Evangelical. This is a land which Jesus Christ Himself came to when He was only a boy. It was later evangelised by the Gospel writer John Mark in the first century A.D. Since then, the Coptic Church has been a prominent religion.
Islam invaded Egypt in the 7th century. By the 10th century, Arabic was the official language. Today Islam makes up around 87 percent of the population. According to Operation World, Egypt is arguably the intellectual centre of Sunni Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood is still alive in Egypt, even though the current government opposes them.
What is Going On in Egypt?
Egyptians are saying that American President Obama owes the people of Egypt an apology and the taxpayers of America a refund! The population of Egypt have overwhelmingly rejected the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohamed Morsi. After over 20 million Egyptians signed a petition pleading for the removal of Morsi and his dictatorial regime, and over 17 million people marched in the streets, throughout Egypt, calling for the removal of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood radicals, the Egyptian military have stepped in, placed Morsi and over a hundred of his key leaders in custody. The Egyptian Army Commander, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, announced that Morsi will be replaced by the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Egypt, pending new elections.
A Pattern of Persecution
Wherever Christians live alongside large numbers of Muslims they are under relentless attack. Even in Africa, where Christianity has spread the fastest over the last century, Islamic persecution of Christians is pervasive. Even in countries where Christians outnumber Muslims, such as Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, churches are being regularly attacked by Muslim Jihadists.