Archive for September, 2015

09
Sep
15

Refugee Flood: a few more thoughts.

Who is in Control of National Borders?

Here’s an interesting section of scripture that I believe has some relevance to the current refugee crisis.

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him

Acts 17 26-27

To me it shows that God, not man, is in control of national boundaries. And he will change those boundaries to suit the purposes of His Kingdom and to create conditions conducive to people seeking and potentially finding Him.

That could work in multiple ways including:

1) Moving believers to unbelieving areas to take the gospel where it hasn’t been heard before.

2) Moving unbelievers into an area where they have more chance of hearing the gospel.

3) Moving hostile unbelievers into a lukewarm area where the gospel used to mean something, but doesn’t any more, where what is left of Christian faith will be tested and refined by the influx of those hostile unbelievers.

 

One of the clearest examples of the changing of boundaries and movement of peoples has been seen over the last century in the Middle East, relating to the Promised Land and the surrounding nations. The significance of those changes (and how recent they are) became one of the biggest discoveries I made in my reading about WWI. As a result of that war, centuries of Ottoman (Moslem) rule was ended in “Palestine”, and the whole map of the surrounding changed, not only making way for Israel to return to the Promised Land, but also making sure that their stay wouldn’t be an easy one.

The effects of tensions in that area continue to be felt not only by Israel, but also worldwide, and are at the centre of today’s refugee situation.

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Which of the three scenarios listed above most closely matches today’s situation?

I suggest that while there is an opportunity for taking advantage of option two (especially considering the failure of the richer Moslem nations to take in refugees – see previous post), the third option may be the most likely.

 

So called “Christian” nations in the west are increasingly Godless, even the churched have little idea of who God is or what He’s like.
In the “War on Terror”, the western governments involved have bent over backwards to reassure us that Islam is a religion of peace, and that those at the heart of the “terrorism” are fundamentalist extremists who are NOT genuine Moslems. [note the term “fundamentalist” a term that has so often also been applied to Christians who take their faith seriously].

While Western governments try to be more accommodating to their Moslem citizens, only recently we’ve seen an American Christian jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to homosexuals. That case will probably be the first drop in a growing flood of anti-Christian discrimination focused on the recent political rush to make homosexuality more accepted in society.

I have to wonder what would have happened if it had been a Moslem who had been refusing to issue those marriage documents.

A decade and a half ago David Pawson gave a series of talks about the growth of Islam in Britain. He had concluded that Britain was on the way to becoming a Moslem nation; not by accident, but as a judgement. That series is well worth listening to, especially the first part, “Britain’s Spiritual Vacuum”:

davidpawson.org/resources/series/the-challenge-of-islam-to-christians

Maybe the mass Moslem movement across Europe is quite possibly the reaping of what the West sowed in wars against Moslem nations in the name of the “War on Terror”.
Western involvement, initially behind the scenes – such as the US in Afghanistan after the Russian invasion helping to train and establish those who became Al Qaeda, followed by the Western invasion of Afghanistan with Al Qaeda now as the enemy.
And we can’t ignore the two Bush family wars against Irag that destabilised that area enough to open the door for a group like ISIS, from whom the flood of people into Europe are fleeing.

And where was the “Christian” church when national governments were throwing their resources into attacking the weaker Moslem nations? Were they part of the cheer squad, confusing national patriotism with Christian faith?

I’ll let you consider what they were doing in your own nations.

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09
Sep
15

Refugee Flood part 2

How many Syrian refugees have the Arab world’s six wealthiest nations resettled?
Close to zero

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/how-many-syrian-refugees-have-the-arab-worlds-six-wealthiest-nations-resettled-close-to-zero

While Australia maintains one of the most generous resettlement programs in the world, and countries such as Germany propose taking hundreds of thousands of refugees themselves, the five richest Gulf states have taken a grand total of zero refugees from the Syrian conflict.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/saudi-arabia-must-step-up-and-help-refugees/story-fni0cwl5-1227518263213

09
Sep
15

Refugee Flood

The Bill Randles article in the link below is very interesting. As I read it I thought about the flood of Moslem refugees heading for Europe – and wondered how many others were heading for and being welcomed by Moslem nations (apart from those immediately accessible across the closest borders.)

In the past refugees have flooded over those immediate borders and have been housed in refugee camps (not pleasant, but a reasonably safe haven from the immediate danger they had been facing). So why NOW are so many people suddenly insisting on making the longer trip to central Europe?

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To any thinking person, the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of “refugees” from Africa, and the horrors of the Syrian civil war, spilling out onto the shores of Italy, and forcing themselves over the barriers erected in Hungary is both heartbreaking and ominous.

Who wouldn’t be moved at the plight of frightened women and children packed into rust ships, desperate to get away from the wanton slaughter occurring in their Syrian homeland? The apocalyptic warfare taking place in Syria spares neither the elderly, the weak, women nor children. Mind numbing atrocities are being committed on both “sides”of the conflict. (Ishmael cannot find peace, He even fights His brothers).

Photos of precious children washed up on the shores, having drowned en-route to European shores tear at the western heart, which had once been softened by centuries of Christian teaching.

But a closer examination reveals troubling details.

https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper-the-islamic-refugee-trojan-horse/




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