Keeping Watch

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
    intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
    or let them be condemned when brought to trial. Psalm 37:32-33

As I’ve stated numerous times, there are wicked people in the world who would love to destroy Christianity. I just read a statistic that since 2011, 550 Coptic Christian girls in Egypt have been kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and married off. These evil people hope to break the will of Christians worldwide by taking children and abusing them, and then forcing them to convert.

I wish it weren’t so.

I wish I weren’t weeping over the lives of these girls, most of whom have no idea why they would be the target of such hostilities.

I wish we lived in a fair world where media outlets reported such atrocities with regularity and didn’t downplay Islam’s role in the perpetrators’ decisions to do these things.

But we live in a real world with real evil and wickedness, and real pain and real sorrow and real anger.

But we commit them to God, fully realizing that there will be other victims in other continents in the days ahead. We feel powerless 5000 miles away and ask God what we can do to help.

The justice kidnappers will receive, when it comes, will be swift and fierce. We know that, but still, is there something else we should be doing to prevent it from happening again and again and again?

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