About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Demise Of Democracy
you're about to read is a simplified statement on a complicated issue. There's
much more that could be said. Some
of you may disagree with what I write so I suggest you consider what I say
as you think this complicated but relevant issue through for yourself.
man's best efforts at nation building, Daniel 2:21 states that it's
ultimately God who causes nations to rise to prominence.
I thus conclude that God has raised our western democratic nations
to international prominence. That
being said, and though some may differ, democracy is a product of fallen
you'd agree that our western world democracies have been influenced by
Biblical thought to one degree or another.
Some suggest that our individual democratic freedoms are rooted in
Genesis 2:15 where God gave Adam the freedom of choice.
I appreciate our democratic freedoms, but these very freedoms might
in part lead to the demise of democracy.
As with Adam, freedom to choose can easily lead to the wrong
freedom in the west has provided Christians the opportunity to follow
through on the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19.
Without this freedom worldwide evangelization would have been
stifled. So, I also conclude
that God had worldwide evangelization in mind when He caused our western
democracies to rise to international prominence.
2:21 also states that God causes nations to fall.
The Bible shows us that a nation's fall can take place in a variety
of ways, not the least of which is military conquest by its enemy.
On the other hand a nation can be overthrown by its enemy without a
bomb being dropped or a missile being launched.
entering Canaan God commanded Israel
not to make treaties, form alliances, or adopt the practices, of its pagan
disobeyed. God's disgust with
is seen in Malachi 2:11 (NIV). "Judah
has broken faith. A detestable
thing has been committed in
Like Israel, the west was raised up to be a tool in the hands of God.
Also like Israel, the west has broken faith with God, has desecrated itself by embracing
pagan practices, and has signed treaties and formed alliances with pagan
nations. Notice the photos
below. They symbolize what America
is becoming. The
Commission commanded Christians to go on the offensive and make disciples
of all nations. Our
democracies that once supported this offensive endeavor are now putting
Christians on the defensive. With
legislation based on an unbiblical doctrine of selective tolerance
Christians are having to defend themselves, their ideals, and their
practices, before their government and in their courts of law.
vantage point Islam is on the offensive within our western borders.
Muslim immigration into the west, their entrance into government,
law, education, and other cultural concerns afforded them by our
democratic freedoms have created the platform by which they can freely
evangelize our western nations. Our
liberal immigration policies, and now, our compassionate acceptance of
tens of thousands of Muslim refugees are aiding this Islamic missionary
effort. The very rights and
freedoms that enabled Christian evangelization to flourish now enable
Islamic evangelization to flourish. The
freedoms we've cherished are the freedoms that might well lead to the
demise of democracy.
evangelization is spurred on by the fact that Muslim families on average
have 8 children per family while western families on average have 1.5
children per family. You don't
need a math degree to understand the future implications of that.
It thus appears to me that Islam is capable of overthrowing the
west without a bomb being dropped or a missile being launched.
Let me be
clear. I hold no hostility to
any moderate (moderate really means liberal) Muslim who resides among us.
I could befriend him as easy as anyone else.
I would, however, proclaim to him that the Lord Jesus Christ is the
Son of God in order to free him from the oppression of Islam, which by the
way, finds its roots in the Canaanite religions God told Israel to
goes out to the refugees I see on TV fleeing
that conflicts in the Middle East
are driving Muslims from their homes.
There are many reasons for these conflicts, but through the west's
short sighted, overly optimistic diplomatic liberal foreign policy
decisions; we've failed to alleviate the conflict.
Although solving conflict diplomatically is preferable, it's next
to impossible when the conflicted care little about diplomacy.
would have done itself a favour if it would have learned the lessons from
God's interaction with
that God would never cause the west, especially