The month of February marks the one year anniversary of the 21 Coptic Christians who were martyred on a beach in Libya in North Africa, by Islamic State terrorists. Bishop Demetrios, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, writes in the Wall Street Journal, that “These Coptic Christian hostages were executed for no other reason than their faith in Jesus Christ. As horrible as the episode was, it also offers inspiration and testimony to the power of faith. The 21 men executed that day were itinerant tradesmen working on a construction job. The executioners demanded that each hostage identify his religious allegiance. Given the opportunity to deny their faith, the Egyptians declared their faith in Jesus as their Lord. Steadfast in their belief, even in the face of evil, each one was beheaded.”
One man was not from Egypt, says Bishop Demetrios, but from another unknown African country, and not a Christian when captured. But when he was challenged by the terrorists to declare his faith,he reportedly replied: “Their God is my God.” Bishop Demetrios writes, “In that moment before his death, he became a Christian! The ISIS murders seek to demoralize Christians with acts like the slaughter on a Libyan beach. Instead, they stir our wonder at the courage and devotion inspired by God’s love!"
Satan always attempts to turn good into evil. God always spoils his party and finds a way to turn evil into GOOD! God be praised!
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