‘Many Syrians take to the streets.’
This is becoming a familiar refrain in our news feeds. Thousands of the 18.4 million people in Syria have sipped from the cup of boldness, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. The Assad government has so far resisted, using force to quell the uprising.
Syria In The Bible
Syria features prominently throughout Scripture. The capital city of Damascus is mentioned in Genesis and in much of the Old Testament.
The most well-known incident linked with Damascus is recorded in Acts, when Paul was approaching the city, intending to arrest any who belonged to the Way. A light flashed around him and he was struck blind. The risen Lord Jesus instructed Paul to continue towards the city, where he met Ananias. His ministry to the Gentiles began in there, where he preached that “Jesus is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20).
The Church Today
Christianity took root in Syria in the first century until Islam came in the seventh century. Today, about 10 per-cent of Syrians are Christians while 87 per-cent are Muslims. Many Christians adhere to Orthodox traditions, with a Protestant minority. One Christian town in Syria uses Aramaic, the language spoken by Christ.
Under the present leadership, Christians have been allowed to co-exist alongside Muslims and others. Christians are not free to witness openly to Muslims, although Syrian and foreign Christians do seek to share the claims of Christ with their Muslim friends and neighbours.
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I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages — villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world. - Robert Moffat
There is still much work to do. Read our reflection: https://www.awm-pioneers.org/2022/09/reflection_smoke/
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