In an effort to combat corruption in Lebanon’s government, the Trump administration has placed sanctions on a Christian leader, Gebran Bassil, with ties to Hezbollah. Bassil, the son-in-law of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, has been accused of using his leadership position to better himself financially and cover up terrorist activities by Hezbollah.
Pierre Houssney of Horizons International says calling Bassil Christian points to his ethnicity, not his faith. “He’s the son in law of the president who is also a Christian. By law, he has to be a Christian. Hezbollah, over the past few years, has been controlling these institutions. So even though there’s a Christian name on the seat, these are the Christians that Hezbollah has picked to control. And that’s how they’re using the Christians: as a proxy to lead the policy and to continue their organized crime and embezzlement.”
Crisis in Lebanon
All this political turmoil, Houssney says, is part of a larger chess game being played between Iran and the U.S., with Lebanon caught in the middle. The Lebanese people, worn down by corrupt politicians and institutions, long for leaders that care for the welfare of the people.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Lebanon will have good leaders that care about the people.
- Ask God to draw many Lebanese to Himself in a year filled with so much hardship and hopelessness.