While in Southwestern Syria this past May, I met a man named Abdullah, who had fled his home in a region held by Da9sh / I.S.I.S.
One day Abdullah was on bus that D9ash (I.S.I.S.) stopped. The Da9sh member took all the identity cards, then read off all the names that sounded Christian—8 of them in all. Abdallah’s name wasn’t read.
The Da9sh terrorist then said, “raise your hand if you are a Christian.” 9 hands were raised, including Abdullah’s. The soldier was taken aback by this. He told Abdullah to stand, then asked his stand on the Syrian government.
“I am not fond of it but I am not against it either,” Abdullah replied. The soldier left the bus in the hands of another soldier while he consulted his superiors—he was gone for about an hour.
While the soldier was away, the passengers began to talk. “Why did you give your name?” they asked.
Abdallah quoted Jesus’ words
“I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.” (Luke 12:8).
He added, “I am not better than any one here.”
The terrorist returned, told them they were free to go, and apologized for making them late.
To this day Abdullah has no idea why.