These are momentous times in Egypt. It's a nation that has always had an important place in God's plans. Currently God is using her to challenge us in the west to think carefully about what we believe.

We don't know how to respond to a military coup that overthrows a democratically elected government where there is clear evidence that the democratically elected government was tyrannical and the military power grab is apparently more liberal and benevolent than the elected officials that have been overthrown.

We are being forced to face the dilemma that we have unquestioningly worshiped Democracy as our new god, and now we see that she is not as benevolent as we had assumed.

If we had a sense of history, we would have known that. Hitler was one of the most democratically popular leaders in the 20th century. The Muslim Brotherhood is also popular in Egypt; but the chaos in that nation is due to the fact that deposed President Morsi is not so overwhelmingly popular as to carry the whole nation with him. We have wanted to believe that 51% of the people cannot be wrong; but it's harder to say that 49% of the people must be wrong, especially if they have the army on their side.

And as often happens in the midst of such chaos, the church becomes an easy target for venting anger and frustration. The media is finally taking note of the fact that Christians are the ones who have suffered greatly, being caught in the cross fire.

In a helpful blog that both describes and gives perspective on what is happening, 'Cranmer' writes that "instead of retaliating against the military, Muslim Brotherhood members have decided to attack the Christians..." Churches and monasteries, including some dating back to the 4th century have been torched and burned to the ground.

In another blog, Michael Milton has posted a prayer for Christians in Egypt. It is vital that we remember our brothers and sisters who face such danger at this time. And then, today, John Piper has posted a meditation on Isaiah 19 and "What God says to Egypt" in the form of a moving poem which poignantly anticipates the final outcome of this centuries-long drama when this troubled nation as a whole nation will worship the Lord Jesus. When we pray "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven", may we have Egypt in mind.