|Malcolm Hedding is the former Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem|
The Fall of Western Civilization
“But what is the explanation of the enslavement of Europe by the German Nazi regime? It is but a few years ago since one united gesture by the peoples, great and small, who are now broken in the dust, would have warded off from mankind the fearful ordeal it has to undergo. But there was no unity. There was no vision. The nations were pulled down one by one while the others gaped and chattered. One by one, each in his turn, they let themselves be caught. One after another they were felled by brutal violence or poisoned from within by subtle intrigue.”
~ Winston Churchill 1941
The moral clarity, by which the western world defeated Nazism some seventy years ago, is now a thing of the past. Since World War Two the western democracies, led mainly by naïve liberals, have allowed millions of Muslims to “set up shop” in their countries driven by the belief that they will fully integrate into their adopted societies and become proudly British, European and Scandinavian. This wildly misguided experiment at multi-culturalism has totally failed in that just the opposite has happened; they instead set up Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, Qatar, Pakistan, Syria etc in their host countries. They thus became Muslim outposts with every intention of subverting the host culture and replacing it with their own. They have therefore steadily and progressively, as they have gained strength of numbers, demanded that the legal system be changed to accommodate Sharia Law and that the banking system include Islamic principles. This is called “stealth jihad.”
Consequently, as time has gone by, in order to accommodate these demands the traditional culture and belief system of the majority has been progressively surrendered all in the name of being politically correct and sensitive to minority groups. A report on the 28th August 2014 stated that some 1400 British Muslim girls had been abused. In response a former Labor Party Member of Parliament, Denis Mac Shane said, “I think there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that.” He further stated that, “he had been aware of the oppression of women within bits of the Muslim community in Britain but perhaps yes, as a true Guardian reader, and liberal lefty, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.” This then typifies the danger of seeing everything through a political correct lens; evil is allowed to thrive! It is also opens the door to harassment as a Muslim, seeing a cross on a pendant at the work place, can now claim that he or she is offended and that the offending fellow worker should be sanctioned and indeed is! This is outrageous. In the United Kingdom therefore aspects of Sharia Law have been implemented as has Islamic Banking and there are Muslim community areas that are in effect “no go” areas for non Muslims. Many of these “Muslim enclaves” in Britain, France, Holland, Norway, Belgium and Sweden are being radicalized by Imams who are giving verbal and material support to Islamic terror organizations in the Middle East and beyond. Consequently a new phenomenon is emerging in that “home grown” jihadists are now growing in number and are attacking their own countries and going abroad to join barbaric organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaida, and Isis. They all are united by one issue in that they hate Jews and Israel.
This Muslim cultural invasion of the West is gaining strength with every passing day so that now, emboldened by this growth; intimidation and death threats are the norm and are leveled at anyone who may dare to criticize them. All of this is happening in western countries where law, order and free speech are enshrined and highly prized as a civilized reality. Universities, where young people are prepared for this civilized behavior, have become hotbeds of radicalization and so, if one disagrees with their narrative, one will be assaulted, shouted down and never given a fair hearing; especially if you are Jewish or Israeli. Gert Wilders, a well known Dutch politician, dared to make his voice heard on these matters and thereby defied the politically correct culture of his land, was consequently subjected to death threats and was hauled up before the Dutch courts on groundless charges; all of which denied his rights as a Dutch citizen. He won in the end but at a great price. He found out that “free speech” has limitations in the Netherlands and especially so if you dare to criticize Muslims.
Now, as we watch with horror the savagery and barbarism of millions of Muslims in the Middle East and beyond the western world will continue to deny that it has anything to do with Islam! Barack Obama said that the beheading of Jim Foley had nothing to do with a religious system and yet in the name of Islam we have witnessed little five year old girls being sawn in half and beheaded and thousands of Christians and other religious groups have been crucified, murdered and chased from their homes. This is happening all over the world in the name of Islam and yet no one will call it out for what it is. Indeed, on the contrary, western leaders have expressed dismay that their nationals are perpetrating these hideous crimes and possibly going to return home to their countries, in significant numbers, to wage violent jihad against them.
Actually, all of this is not surprising as many well respected commentators saw it all coming and sounded the alarm only to be laughed at, smeared as bigots and ignored. They were accused of being guilty of Islam phobia and consequently written off as extremists. Sadly, the confirming measure of this evil is the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. Jews are now fair game and so they walk the streets of Paris, Malmo, Amsterdam, Brussels and London in fear of being verbally assaulted and even physically assaulted. In some countries like France, where liberty, freedom and equality became the watch words, Jews are now being murdered by Muslims. The Jews of Malmo in Sweden have been driven out for the same reasons and in Germany, just seventy odd years after the Second World War, the cries of “Juden Shies” (Sh-t), “Juden Shwien” and “Death to the Jews” have been heard again on the streets of Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. As usual the politicians wring their hands in dismay as if it were all unexpected but nothing will change except the onward march toward the destruction of a civilization that was made great and became the admiration of the world because of its Judeo-Christian under pinning.
|With Malcolm at the Up To Zion conference, 2013|
Sadly it will not deter these western leaders because, if the truth be made known, they are scared to death of the Muslim backlash that will erupt in their cities if they do what is right and therefore stand resolutely with Israel. We are indeed watching the collapse of western civilization!
In the end Israel will stand alone, as it always has, but not entirely alone as her God will arise from the veiled shadows and defend her even though all nations may abandon her and come against her! The great Hebrew Prophet spoke of such a day and it will certainly come to pass; I fear sooner than we think.
“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”
“In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:3; 8-9
Our modern western leaders forget that it was upon this Bible that its Kings and Queens were crowned and in great and beautiful places of Christian worship this glorious book, its saving message and its Savior Jesus were honored and glorified. Gifted and great preachers brought hope and light to millions and consequently the manners of society, the schools, hospitals and the penal institutions and houses of governance were reformed and so the people were given hope as their world enjoyed the blessings that the Judeo-Christian world brought to them. Not so any longer; things are about to change and dramatically so!
Let us be a people then who are on our knees in urgent prayer for our Nations and for Israel at this time. Our God is in control and in Him we can place our trust and our hope amist all that is going on around us.
Yours in Christ,