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A lesson in how to handle our problems

This is a great post on how Switzerland is standing against mass Muslim immigration.  There’s nothing wrong with someone moving to a new nation, as long as the immigrant understands that  his new nation will not condescend to his personal religious preferences.  Of course, to believe this way you have to believe that one particular belief is right.

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What patriotism is NOT

“‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’”–G.K. Chesterton

I remember when I first heard that the U.S. had invaded Iraq for the second time under George Bush the II.  I was filled with glee that the U.S. was going to go in and kick those scum buckets out of their country.  We were going to rescue all those poor souls who were longing for a deliverer.  In doing so we would remove the Middle Eastern version of Adolph Hitler.  I heard about it at church and spoke of it all the following week.  I felt like a sports fan watching his football physically manhandle their opponents.  I could have shouted, “We’re number one.  We’re number one.”

Now that I look back, I wonder how it happened.  Not how did we go in and smash a third-world army that could barely hold its own against a High School ROTC, but what was I so jubilant about?  I was surrounded by war hawks who said numerous times that anyone who speaks out against the war was at best anti-patriotic and at worst treasonous and I agreed with every word.  But somewhere between discovering G.K. Chesterton and Bill Kauffman, it hit me that fighting without an objective and spending lives like they are pieces on a Risk board is wrong.  And not just “That’s not nice,” wrong, but wicked wrong.  And for a Christian, there are biblical principles of warfare that should be followed ( I believe the Bible gives us objective standards for how to conduct life here on earth, not just some ethereal abstract ideas for later on).

As usual, G.K. Chesterton is right–patriotism means loving your country.  But love does not mean blindly accepting whatever the politicians lead us in doing; sometimes it means speaking out against their leadership .  I don’t speak out against the war because I hate the U.S., I speak out because I love her.  I don’t say bring our military men (and women, sadly) home because I don’t support them; I support them by calling upon our government leaders to bring them back where they can lead and support their families (and have a better chance of remaining alive).  We could use more of that kind of patriotism.

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European Immigration

Why is Europe allowing the immigration of Muslims at such a rapid pace?  This is not American “melting pot” immigration, because they are not willing to adopt Western culture or religion.  Most of the Muslims who move to Europe are retaining their beliefs as well as dominating the area where they live with Islamic culture.  While there are many reasons one could point to, one has been neglected: the lack of a Christian confession.  The difference between Europe then and now is that during the late Middle Ages the continent was actively Christian.  By Christian I don’t mean they wandered in a church building once a month; they knew what they believed and why they believed it.  The differences between the Allah of the Koran and the God of the Bible were clear.  To allow the Muslims to invade was not an option because they understood the theological and cultural consequences involved.

With modern Europe worshiping the god of secularism, the need to distinguish between beliefs is unnecessary.  Without the iron gate of a Christian confession (and the hearts to match it), no one should be surprised at modern Europe’s enlightened reaction.

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