Happy belated Easter, to Protestant and Catholic Christians who celebrated last week.
But having enjoyed either “Pascha” or “Paas” (or both), please do not be remiss in remembering your Orthodox brothers and sisters today.
After all, even the president of Egypt extends his greetings — and more.
“I call on all of us to remember the teachings of Jesus Christ that lead humanity to the ways of love and peace,” he said, as reported by Ahram Online.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a Muslim.
Muslims join Christians in acknowledging the virgin birth of Jesus, but not his resurrection. Most believe he never died, delivered from the cross and taken to heaven.
Many of Salafi orientation go as far as saying that Muslims should not even give Easter greetings, lest they encourage a theological error.
Christmas is a national holiday in Egypt, but not Easter.
Even so Christians are administratively equal. They are given vacation time, and recently have even been legally encouraged in pilgrimage to Jerusalem, as Muslims are to Mecca.
Of course, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is also a politician, and politicians can say many things to curry favor.
But one, give credit not only for what could have been tepid acknowledgement, but instead is near fervent preaching.
He calls Muslims also in the teachings of Jesus.
And two, give credit to Egypt that if he is only currying favor, he judges the 90 percent of Muslims as at least non-offended by Easter greetings to the 10 percent minority.
Therefore, follow his example, and greet also the Orthodox minority in your own nations. And when the time comes, greet too the Muslims.
Encourage them both, like Sisi, toward greater love and peace.
And Ekhristos Anesti, for those who believe.
2 replies on “Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President”
Hi Jayson, Just checking, over which date people celebrate Easter in Egypt this also goes for Christmas, and that from my experience the evangelical churches I have been to both all celebrate at the same time as the the Coptic Christians, I am also of the understanding that others in the Middle East do the same.
Yes, this is true in Egypt, and I believe elsewhere, like Jordan. Christmas can be more divided, but in general many at least semi-celebrate both.