Some Christians in Lebanon See Protests as an Answer to Prayer

Demonstrators shout slogans during ongoing anti-government protests at a highway in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

The effort to find a replacement Prime Minister in Lebanon failed (again) on Wednesday.

Fifty days after Saad Hariri stepped down, former education minister Hassan Diab finally emerged as the candidate for Prime Minister. Amidst conflict of an increasingly sectarian nature, what started out to be peaceful anti-corruption protests now feel different. “There are some people who are trying to turn this Lebanese crisis or this revolution into a war. So some people have a political agenda with it.  People are coming because of some political party who’s not happy with the protests or with people who want to remove the leaders, so they’re just sending people to make us fearful.”

Yet, “This is God shaking everything,” observes Nuna, who heads up Triumphant Mercy Lebanon.

The necessary evils of change

Even as politicians went behind closed doors to solve the impasse on forming the new government, protesters remained in the streets, on the vigil and ready to call leaders to account.

There’s a good and a bad side to this. On one hand, says Nuna, “We did have to close few days”, but she adds that “we’re trying to open it up because of such an economic crisis and so many needs. We’re just adding so many Lebanese as beneficiaries while before it was mainly Syrian people. But now we have so many Lebanese that are calling every day because of dire needs. It’s becoming really, really alarming.”

On the other, although the situation looks dangerous, Nuna says believers regard it as a necessary evil in the process of change. “When you want to go deep into removing the corruption that is deeply rooted in the whole Lebanese system, I believe that when you’re trying to remove the roots from the ground, you have to turn some ground. So it has to have some repercussions and some hardships. It’s a battle.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama