BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Tuesday urged Christians to multiply efforts toward promoting the Bible’s culture of love and forgiveness among Arab countries.
“We cannot stand idly by,” Rai told the president of the Maronite Lebanese Missionaries father Malik Boutanios. “On the contrary, we need to boost our activity and increase our hope; and understand that the Arab world needs the Bible for what it says about love and brotherhood, about peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.”
Rai pointed to the difficult circumstances that Lebanon and the Middle East are going through.
“This should increase our commitment more and more,” he stressed. “We have a role. We have to work to help our Christian people in Syria and Iraq, and in the Middle East.”
“These days we unfortunately live in a culture contrary to the teachings of God: war, violence, terrorism, murder and hatred.”
“This should not detract us from our role,” he insisted. “We should remind them that Christians are here to spread the culture of the Bible.”
“There is no Arab spring without a Christian spring and there is no Arab spring if there is no Lebanese spring, and this is Lebanon's message,” Rai added.