5 reasons why Christians should stay in the Middle East (COMMENTARY)

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An Assyrian woman attends a mass in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, inside Ibrahim al-Khalil church in Jaramana, eastern Damascus on March 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki 
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An Assyrian woman attends a mass in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, inside Ibrahim al-Khalil church in Jaramana, eastern Damascus on March 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SEIPLE-COLUMN, originally transmitted on July 7, 2015.

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(RNS) Removing Christians from the Middle East accelerates instability.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    While I disagree with most of the author’s reasoning as to Christians remaining in the Middle East, I strongly believe that they should. First of all, it belongs to them equally with other Middle Eastern people. Secondly, their presence is required as a witness to the true Faith (this is the most important reason of all!). Finally, true Christians have a civilizing influence, as do the Jews, when they are present in these lands.

  • Be Brave

    Ms. Marie,

    I think what is missing in all of this is that the demonic powers that are now risen to incredible heights in the western world and the demonic powers that rule the Islamic world, are not going to allow Christians safe haven anywhere. While ISIS is destroying anything not ISIS, Western morality is demanding that Christians accept, affirm, and enjoy being sodomized, atheist, or be ruined.

    Christians must pray for deliverance no differently than did the original group at the beginning. First, to love each other as Christ taught, and then to take care of each other in prayer and in life.

  • mnemos

    I would like to agree with the article, because I agree with its conclusion, but the arguments are not generally sound. Yes – I can imagine that Europe is rejecting the majority of Christian refugees, but that is really a reflection of an anti-christian bias in elite western attitudes. Addressing that doesn’t require a “Christians only” policy. Doing foolish things in Nigeria does not mean all action is bad. The assumption that multiple religions will act to stop religious cleansing is proven false by the current situation. From a Christian perspective I agree with the 4th point – we don’t run away from persecution, we bring the witness of Christ to it. That is martyrdom. The 4th and 5th points are the arguments that hold some weight.

  • Jack

    6. To stay away from spiritually dead western Christians who think fellowship means another dozen donuts at Crispy Crème.

    7. To stay away from western Millennials who think ISIS is the name of a rap group and Putin the name of a new fragrance

  • Jack

    Christians must learn to stand up and fight — not rudely but resolutely. They must learn what it means to love God with heart, soul, and mind, and apply that to every nook and cranny of life. Christians must learn not to be spectators but participants.

    Politically, they must teach each other that not voting is a sin against God that must be repented of. Government is ordained of God, and in a democracy, where you are choosing the direction of government, not to vote means to reject that which is of God.

  • Jack

    Christians in America must knock completely down the racial and ethnic barriers that divide us. Then we must together, as one Body, one church, deal with the issues of the day.

    There is no reason why, for example, white and black evangelicals, who believe exactly the same things doctrinally about the Bible, should be going off in completely separate directions on election day.

    Whites should not be voting as whites nor blacks as blacks — both need to be voting their primary identity as Christians first….no ifs, ands or buts.

    Both black and white evangelicals need to get on their faces before God and pray deeply about this — not tomorrow, but today.

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  • Charles hoffman

    Given the war between Sunni and Shia lunatics, there will be massacres for years to come

    And for either side, there’s no better target (other than Israel’s Jews) than “the infidel crusaders”

    who needs more martyrs

  • John

    A perfectly reasonable and logical argument, except to the Christians who are being killed there!!! Another view from the superior American viewpoint.

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  • Ted

    Funny how “God” never, ever answers them back when they pray, however deeply.

  • Ted

    “Christians must learn to stand up and fight ” because their god doesn’t exist to do it for them. And because their violent doctrine dictates it.

  • Ted

    Wow, that’s really funny Jack. No, really.

    Don’t start a standup act.

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