Is Islam in a siege mentality?

It’s a theory but Islam may be stuck in a siege mentality.  Religions, cultures, and societies can develop a siege mentality.   When sociological groups of peoples, cultures, religions or societies believe itself to be constantly attacked, oppressed or isolated, they retreat inward or fight for survival.   Islam has felt like a defeated underdog for centuries and has a hard time to forget.

Since 9-11 and the war on Iraq, perhaps Islam has been reminded of such emotions on a societal level.  It has felt defeated since… and perhaps ever since the crusaders defeated the Islamic empires in the 12th century (watch 1300 Years of Islamic History below).  The war between the crusaders and Islamic empires were bloody and violent.  The crusaders ended up pillaging and destroying the Islamic empire and relinquished the Holy Land and Jerusalem from the hands of the Islamic Empire–but in the end, shed a lot of blood.  It’s nothing Christians are proud of.  But I wonder and ask myself the question, “What if the west did not do anything in retaliation after 9-11?”

Islam does have a dark and evil past.  Its historic Middle Eastern caliphates eventually morphed into other caliphates and empires.  The former Christian church of Asia Minor (of New Testament times) (which is modern-day Turkey) was eliminated by bloody violent force and was forcibly wiped-out by Islam. These were historic cities of the Church mentioned in the New Testament: Antioch, Thessalonica, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Philadelphia, Tarsus, Laodicea, etc.  However, we as Christians haven’t develop a siege mentality, or at least we’ve already moved past our loss centuries ago and made new history.  But not so with radical Islam. ISIS has been arrogant enough to verbally threaten to attack Rome one day and take over the Vatican.  This is not the first time Islam has tried to dominate the world and destroy Christianity.  Where are we supposed to go from here?  As Christians, we don’t want to provoke violence, and are called to love our neighbor.  But what do we do when our neighbors don’t reciprocate love for their neighbors?

Islamic goal of a worldwide caliphate

assyrian-christiansThe caliphate, or a worldwide Islamic kingdom and rule on earth is the ultimate goal of ISIS.  This is the reason for its violent extremism that seeks to dominate the world using political and military strength.   Already over 1.6 million Syrians (mostly Christians) have been kicked out of their homeland of Syria by ISIS.  Recently, ISIS captured Assyrian Christians and tried to convert them to Islam through force (read full article here), reports the Christian Post.  My heart cries out to these Christian bros. and sisters of Syria.

Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria’s Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.

On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.

Since it is ISIS’s goal of forming a worldwide caliphate (Islamic kingdom), shouldn’t we all have something to fear?  What’s the solution–use of force in self-defense or evangelism?