An article over at Newsmax.com highlights the distinct struggles for Christians in the Middle East, presently. As a matter of fact, according to the piece, the combined and highly-coercive efforts of radical Islamist groups like the Islamic State…as well as the Islamic political regimes dominating the region…have made life largely intolerable for those of a Christian orientation. As a result of the relentless persecution, it is anticipated that, by year 2025, Christians will make up just three percent of the entire population of the Middle East.
While Christians began leaving the region in earnest roughly a century ago, the exodus has greatly accelerated over the course of the last several years with the advent of the obvious turmoil, much of it explicitly anti-Christian in nature. Indeed, there are now more Arab Christians living outside the Middle East than there are residing in it.
As noted, the problem for Christians in the region is attributable not only to the rise of groups like ISIS, but also to the anti-Christian laws and policies enacted by many Middle East countries.
Particularly concerning to many observers is the lack of any counterbalance to the prevailing religious ideology in the Middle East resulting from the mass departure of Christians. While Christians have long been a stark minority in the region, their effective elimination will mean an even more radicalized Middle East.
“The disappearance of such minorities sets the stage for more radical groups to dominate in society,” says Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. “Religious minorities, at the very least, have a moderating effect.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large