The trouble is will any of our post-Christian political leaders heed such warnings?
The leader of the ancient Antioch Christian church in the Middle East said on Tuesday that Christians are essential for a lasting peace in the region.
“We cannot ignore the fact that, without the Christians in the Middle East, there is no Middle East,” His Beatitude John X said during a press conference in Washington, DC, held as part of the In Defense of Christians’ (IDC) annual summit.
The patriarch said the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorists’ efforts to extinguish the Christian population in the Middle East prove his point about the vital role the faith plays in the region, where diverse religions have peacefully co-existed.
“The church is the beacon of truth in this educated world,” the patriarch said. “We will continue to witness to that truth even if we are hanged on the cross.”
He also vowed that Christians will stay in the Middle East despite the ongoing challenges.
The Church of Antioch was founded by Apostles Paul and Barnabas in 42 A.D., with the Apostle Peter serving for the next eight years as the church’s first prelate.