Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch political theologian, wrote, "When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith." Keep this counsel in mind as we consider the state of today's Middle East.
In Syria, Iraq, and Libya, Christianity is being systematically destroyed by ISIS and groups which think as they do. Even our State Department has declared what is happening in these countries is nothing short of genocide. The majority of those targeted are Christians. Thousands have been systematically executed. Catholic observers have recorded untold numbers of widespread rape, kidnapping, forced conversions, slavery, property confiscations, and forced expulsions on top of the genocide. Mass graves are spread all over the Middle East.
The number of confessing Christians in Iraq has declined from 1.5 million to less than 200,000. In Syria, Christians have declined from 1.5 million to around 500,000. Those who are being systematically executed are among the oldest ethic in and religious communities in the world. Many of these groups face extinction. Present projections indicate that in the next five years, Christianity will all but disappear in Iraq, and possibly in Syria and Libya as well.
So, how should today's Christian communities in the West respond to this genocide? Receiving refugees from the Middle East is risky especially since 99% of those coming to the West are unvetted Muslims. Why does the United States government not consider giving Christians refuge? Something is wrong with the system and I do not see any appropriate response from our nation's leaders.
Yet, there is more behind this genocide than simply a war between multiple factions of Islam. I address part of this in my new book, Lectures from the Gates of Hell, due out next month. The real issues are bone-chilling to say the least.