In human history, conquering generals would process into a city high atop a large stead or chariot.
Our God chose a lowly donkey to enter triumphantly into the city.
For sure it was to fulfill prophecy but could there be additional reasons?
The Romans chose tall stallions to exalt themselves above the crowds. Jesus chose a young donkey to put Him in the midst of the crowds. It made Him vulnerable and accessible.
Like our Savior, we as Christians, make ourselves vulnerable and accessible in a world that can be, at times, terrifying.
Two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt learned first hand the terror of being open to the world. A bomb planted under a pew is a violation of the sacred and brings death and destruction into a place where only love and grace should exist. People came this past Palm Sunday to meet their Jesus on a humble donkey. Instead, forty-seven were killed and met their maker too soon.
Much like the church bombings during the 60’s in the South, these barbaric acts unsettle our faith. People were being killed at the end of a bible study in church simply because they were part of a racial group. It is at these times that we wonder where was God.
Then we remember the simple donkey and we realize that God was there in the midst of that chaos and bloodshed as well. We choose to worship a God with us and not over us. We worship not a conquering general atop a noble steed, but instead we worship a God that is vulnerable and accessible to us especially during horrific times.
We pray God’s continued presence for our Coptic brothers and sisters in Egypt. Indeed, we pray for all our fellow Christians under persecution in our world today. These killings are not the last chapter in our lives as believers in Christ.
For every death there is a Resurrection!