Monday, November 05, 2012
Christian Daring in a Muslim Brotherhood World
Egypt’s Coptic Christians have chosen a new pope, Bishop Tawadros, who will be installed as the 118th pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church, Pope Tawadros II. One of the main tasks Tawadros has set for the Coptic Christian church is this.
Speaking to the television cameras that surrounded him at his monastery in a desert town, the pope-designate, Bishop Tawadros, indicated that he planned to reverse the explicitly political role of his predecessor, Pope Shenouda III, who died in March…
One of the first statements Bishop Tawadros made, upon his selection, as an expansion on the thought of withdrawing the Coptic Christian church from the political follows.
“The most important thing is for the church to go back and live consistently within the spiritual boundaries because this is its main work, spiritual work,” the bishop said, and he promised to begin a process of “rearranging the house from the inside” and “pushing new blood” after his installation later this month as Pope Tawadros II. Interviewed on Coptic television recently, he struck a new tone by including as his priorities “living with our brothers, the Muslims” and “the responsibility of preserving our shared life.”
“Integrating in the society is a fundamental scriptural Christian trait,” Bishop Tawadros said then. “This integration is a must — moderate constructive integration,” he added. “All of us, as Egyptians, have to participate.”
Bishop Tawadros has set a high and daring challenge for Egypt’s Coptic Christians, and is setting a powerful example for individuals of faith, living as they do in the midst of a Muslim Brotherhood world. I wish him and the Coptic Christians God’s blessings.