A Turkish Coup!
It came as a total
Who? At this time, the coup
appears to have been organized by a military faction who are opposed to the
current president, Recep Erdogan. Some
in the military believe that Erdogan is moving the country in a more Islamic
direction and acquiring almost dictator like powers along the way. He has won every election since 2002, but has
polarized the country.
Why? Again, it would appear
that those behind the coup wanted to move the country back to a more “secular”
standing. They want to return to the
vision of the Republic
of Turkey’s founder,
Kemal. Kemal wanted a
government that was separate from Islamic or Sharia law. Under the government of Erdogan, Turkey
is embracing more Islamic principles in its daily life. Those in the press who question Erdogan are
arrested, and those in the judiciary who rule contrary to his wishes are
What? What impact will these
events have on our brothers and sisters in Turkey? Christians are increasingly
seen as “traitors” who do not embrace the growing surge of Islamic
faithfulness. Religious minorities like Christians have much more to fear now.
As one pastor in Turkey stated, “President Erdogan, around
whom the country is polarized (half the country loves him and half despise
him), so far having survived the worst challenge to his power last night has, I
believe, a choice of two things:
He can choose to be remembered in history as the
person ‘who dismantled and destroyed the whole country’ or ‘who helped root
democracy by being inclusive to the opposition parties and to freedoms’.
The first would be a tragedy the latter a miracle. Let us all please pray
for the miracle.”
pray for our brothers and sisters in Turkey to stand strong in grace and
wisdom in these hard times!