In my Brother Half Angel series of international thrillers I write about a fictional militia that has been formed to defend the persecuted church. Over five books (so far) I write about this militia traveling to various countries to help persecuted Christians.
Was I ahead of my time? In a post at National Review Online, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the US think tank Center for Immigration Studies, suggests that the time for talking about the crisis facing Christians in Syria is over.
Something more is needed, and the title of his post tells us what that is: “You Want to Help Syria’s Christians? Send Guns.”
The most useful role American Christians can play is as the Syrian Christians’ outside backup, like the Saudis are for the Sunni jihadis and the Iranians are for the Alawites.
My [Armenian] ancestors learned the hard way the futility of “raising the issue” of Muslim persecution of Christians to the international community, and the Sermon of the Iron Ladle distills the lesson. It was delivered by Mgrdich Khrimian, a prominent Armenian prelate, a genuine holy man with the common touch but also a national leader.
…Khrimian’s advice to his fellow Christians living under the shadow of Islam is as pertinent now as it was in 1878: “When you return to the Fatherland, to your relatives and friends, take weapons, take weapons and again weapons.”