How shall a young man cleanse his … country? Two paths were open for Egypt’s youth this week, invited to a national youth conference sponsored by the president.
One group decided to attend, to make their voice heard. Another thought their voice would be louder in boycott. God, bless them both.
Those present heard of plans to train and incorporate them in the political path. A committee was mandated to revise the protest law and release the nonviolent from prison. And the president promised to remain with them in monthly dialogue.
Those absent spoke harshly of political theater. They condemned ongoing detentions. And in a recent poll, their majority said if elections were today they would not vote to reelect the president.
It matters not their political preference, God. But their political participation is crucial. The nation needs buy-in from all its citizens. Many of the young have instead opted-out.
God, guide the government in sincere reengagement. Guide the youth in setting their terms. And in the diversity of response, find consensus.
Give the young a spirit of respect. Help the aged to respond in humility. Give the young a freshness of vision. Help the aged to adapt and amend.
Together, God, may they strengthen Egypt. By taking heed thereto according to … each other.
In their way, by thy word, with whole heart may they seek you, and in your commandments find Egypt’s best.