If you followed the Egyptian protests, one of the more amazing facets of the story was the people’s protection of their museums and antiquities that fund tourism and preserve their heritage. Several days ago I read that a priceless statue was missing from the Egyptian museum, but just this week a Cairo teenager found the priceless statue of Pharaoh Akhenaton near a garbage bin after it was stolen from the Egyptian Museum during anti-regime protests.
The museum’s world-renowned collection was burgled and several artifacts went missing last month, but this week a 16-year-old protester found the sculpture near a rubbish bin in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the demonstrations which brought down Hosni Mubarak.
He took the statue home, where his uncle Sabri Abdelrahman, a professor at the American University in Cairo, recognized the piece and returned it to authorities. The Museum director said, “The statue is one of the most beautiful statues of Akhenaton, which highlights the skill of Egyptian artists at the time.”
It reminds me of the story of the missionary serving in Africa who observed a group of children playing marbles, except as you examined the situation closer, he discovered that they were playing marbles with diamonds!
I just wonder today how many of us treat the priceless treasures of the Christian faith with such frivolity? Do we hold the Scriptures as the apple of our eye? Do we read them and determine to live by them? Do we practice our direct access to God in prayer daily? Do we love the church like Christ loved it and gave Himself for it? Do we love one another and exercise brotherly kindness, or have we taken God’s treasures and thrown them in the trash?