As you may have already heard, this past Sunday the Egyptian military took a major step towards fulfilling some of the demands of the January 25th Revolution protesters. Major news outlets are reporting that the Egyptian Parliament -- which was Hosni Mubarak's puppet government -- has been dissolved; the Egyptian Constitution has been suspended, and the military chiefs have called for elections within six months.
While all of this sounds good on the surface, let us not fail to recognize the inherent danger here as well. At this moment in time, only days after the fall of a ruthless dictator, all political power in Egypt is now concentrated in the hands of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which represents the highest echelon of leadership within the Egyptian military. What they do with that power can go either of two ways. They can either use that great power for the benefit of the people, or else they can turn around and install another military-supported dictator under the same old mantra of security and stability.
However, what if the opposition determines that the military is not moving fast enough towards an open, free, democratic society in Egypt? Or what if they realize that the Egyptian military has been playing a shrewd game of deception all along? What if the youthful protesters decide to take to the streets en masse once again in order to apply more pressure on the military? Do you honestly believe that the Egyptian military and people like Field Marshall Tantawi and Lt. General Enan will simply stand idly by the next time?
I don't. Once the final protesters leave Tahrir Square in Cairo, it will not be so easy for them to return again. The Egyptian armed forces, and the returning police, will not let them. That is why even now, small numbers of protesters have still refused to leave Tahrir Square. They are fully aware of the cost of doing so; and they don't wish to lose the momentum of what has already been gained. Once Tahrir Square is empty, it will remain empty.
So, in short, these are still very dangerous times for the people of Egypt. While a great battle has been won through their perseverance and determination, until an actual democratically-elected, civilian government is in place, the war has not been won yet, and the leaders of the January 25th Revolution are very well aware of this fact. They must now move forward wisely and cautiously, and not give in to a spirit of compromise.
Another danger is that the mass media will soon lose interest in the story, and the people of the world will soon lose interest and forget as well; and then devious deeds will again begin to occur in Egypt when the military believes that not too many people are looking their way.
As the people of Egypt continue their struggle for political and social freedom, let us also reflect upon the spiritual freedom that we have obtained, through our faith in the atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We were born in sin, were slaves to sin, and were destined to be judged and condemned by sin; but the Blood of Jesus Christ has set us free, and unleashed us from the shackles of sin, death and hell. Consider the following verses:
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free . . . If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
John 8:31-32, 36, KJV
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"
Luke 4:18, KJV
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father . . . Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
Romans 8:15, 21, KJV