New Zealand’s Polarizing Moment…Christchurch

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.4Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:1-5)

I love the nation of New Zealand. I have been there almost ten times and have never seen such a physically beautiful place, nor such a welcoming , friendly, giving or loving people. I have experienced the hospitality of the Islands, and made many, many lifelong friends there over the years.

Therefore the recent massacre in Christchurch, which tore the hearts out of so many in New Zealand on so many levels, has wrenched my own heart as well. I mourn for the country, and for her loss of the sense of being ‘out of the way’ from the terror, hate and confusion which has inserted itself on the rest of the world.

I am sure I am not alone, I know that millions around the world feel the same way, especially those who know New Zealand, and have been praying for the nation, for those who were the direct victims of the killer, the families and friends of those slaughtered in their own Mosque. We pray for the Government and leaders of New Zealand, as well as for the people of that wonderful nation.

The attack on the peace and seeming security of the nation has initiated a lot of radical changes already in the nation, which will continue on long after the world moves on. Within six days legislators passed restrictions on firearms, also the nation came to a standstill for two minutes on the following Friday as Islamic Imams were given permission to use the nation’s airwaves to make the Islamic call to prayer. The nation’s Prime minister Jacinda Ardern donned a Hibjab, and promised financial aid to families of the victims.

The massacre and the reaction to it, has exposed a serious rift in New Zealand, one which is now familiar to those of us in the rest of the western world, where terrorism has become an increasingly regular occurrence, to quote Sadik Khan the mayor of London, “part and parcel of living in a modern city”.

Women across New Zealand were urged to don Hibjabs in solidarity with Muslims across the nation. Few thought about the fact that this isn’t just a game of “dress up” but rather, it is a religious practice that these women submitted to, an act of worship.

Even the Media participated in ‘going Muslim’ , opening national news broadcasts using Arabic greetings. Millions of dollars poured in cross the Islands for the victim’s families and to show support and solidarity with what politicians were calling, “Our Muslim community…”.

New Zealanders are polite, considerate and conscientious, but it seems as though the government organized response goes far beyond a respectful gesture. It would be generally expected that the citizens of this Christian nation would agree to take a moment of silence out of respect for the dead, no one would have a problem with that.

But the government of New Zealand has seemingly leapt into a full out appeasement mode, in the name of the people of New Zealand, virtually groveling at the feet of Imams, clothing themselves as Muslims, honoring the prayers to Allah, and demonizing anyone who might have the least problem with it.

New Zealand’s government is similar to Canada’s or Sweden’s, in that they seem to feel called to demonstrate to the rest f the world the virtues of tolerance, open mindedness to others, and multiculturalism, all in the name of the good people of New Zealand.

Thus on the Friday after the shooting, some Kiwis were proclaiming the response of New Zealand to the massacres as New Zealand’s finest hour, whereas others were mourning and lamenting it as the darkest day in the nation’s history. To subject the nation to the call to prayers to a false and vicious foreign god, within weeks after the prayers were modified in New Zealand’s Parliament, stripping out the name of Jesus.

Many Kiwi pastors and Christian leaders stepped forward to pray with Imams, or to apologize to the Muslims on behalf of the nation. There have been a good many interfaith prayer gatherings, and Mosques and Imams have gained a new respectability in New Zealand.

Some Kiwis will welcome this virtue signaling as a positive thing, and will see it through the lens of modern notions of compassion. love and tolerance. others will be appalled at the over done display of appeasement, and at the readiness of too many to concede too much to the Muslim Community, as if we have collectively wronged them all.

Yes we mourn for those senselessly slaughtered in ChristChurch, but no , it doesn’t fiollow that we are all to submit to Islam now.

This is happening across the globe, it is part of the wider expression of “Western (false) Guilt…” which is effectively stripping the Western, Judeo Christian world of her capacity to defend herself, to stand up and applaud our history, and our contribution to mankind. It was so rapid and reflexive among the leadership of New Zealand it took my breath away.

In the meantime, there were very few prayers for the 52 Nigerian Christians slain that same week in the ongoing Islamic genocide of Christians across Africa and the Middle East.


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11 Responses to New Zealand’s Polarizing Moment…Christchurch

  1. bigal67 says:

    Thanks for the clear commentary on this tragic event in our nation Bill. You make the same points many of us have felt here, that showing sympathy and compassion for those affected does not require us to do so from a position of submission to Islamic prayers or rituals, but rather from the love and mercy that our faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified compels us to. There are many here that rightly feel grieved that such a thing should happen here to so many people, but the knee jerk reaction to embrace all things Islamic is, while well-meaning from what is an overwhelmingly secular society, is tragically misguided. Interestingly there was a news item here from a muslim woman’s perspective who made the point that wearing the Islamic headwear is not a matter of playing dress-ups but part of her religious adherence which our western culture fails to understand. And further, that the broadcasting of Islamic calls to prayer over the national broadcasters comes not many months after the call to remove the Christian (albeit nominal) prayer to our the opening of parliament. There is no doubting the difficult position our leaders have found themselves in, but with little to no bible-believing, blood-bought followers of Christ among them they are open to any and all deception while attempting to show their grief. The lack of wisdom shown in a rush to show compassion displays a distinct lack of knowledge of God, for it is the fear of God that is the beginning of wisdom. Thanks for your continued prayer for our country Bro Bill and for the recent series of meetings here also – the evidence of Jesus’ soon and coming return grows more vivid every day.

  2. philomena says:

    christians are not called to tolerate falls gods.

  3. Lillian Cresswell says:

    Pastor Bill . Thank you for putting this new Zealand news easily for this old senior to understand. .I was given the love for Israel many years ago . And understand every word that you sent . This as you know is the third time Islam has tried to take over the world .Now the third time we can see clearly how they will try the third time !°° But Our LORD GOD IS IN CONTROL AND WILL BREAK THE BACK OF ISLAM .MANY MUSLIMS COMING TO OUR JESUS .AND MODERATE ONE .BILL .MY DAUGHTER’S BOSS IS A MODERATE MUSLIM BUT I CANNOT TELL HER ALL THIS .SHALOM BLESSINGS LILY

    On Thu, 28 Mar. 2019, 7:58 am Pastor Bill Randles Blog, wrote:

    > billrandles posted: ” There were present at that season some that told him > of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their > sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these > Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffere” >

  4. sisterevelyn says:

    Bill, reading and watching from the U.K., I find your article to be accurate in its content. You may be interested to know, or maybe you already know that at a so called peaceable rally, a prominent Mosque Leader named Mossad And the Jews for the attack. Within NZ footage of the man has been blurred out,m but David Wood, an American Christian Apologetic has the video on YouTube with the speech the man made and heckling from another man, truly inciting the crowd with his affirmation of the statement.

    As you say Bill, we in the Western Hemisphere know the way this will go. It is always the arrogance of a nation to think they are different in some way or another. New Zealand is proving that it is not that different really … pride before the fall, and how quickly.

    All sad …below is the name of the video on YouTube, if the link does not work

    YouTube. New Zealand Mosque Leader Blames Jews for Christchurch Terror Attack (David Wood)
    Thank you for Truth that always encourages.

  5. nanniecarole says:

    Pastor I felt the same even to the point of turning of the TV I think the face that NZ had a women PM was part of the fact

  6. William says:

    Totally agree. Spot-on portrayal of the truth of the situation in NZ following the mosque murders.

  7. standingfirm says:

    It is so good to hear from you again! While I feel bad about the killings I would never bow down to the false god of Allah or put a hijab on my head. That would be compromising Christ and getting ecumenical for what is soon coming up the road. All of this “tolerance” for every religion except true Christianity will soon be the one world religion of Antichrist.
    MARANATHA!!!

  8. Darryl says:

    EXACTLY Bill. It has grieved me to see the capitulation to the Islamic ideology even from many evangelicals all in the name of tolerance, acceptance, and I would suggest a sense of guilt. ( although wrongly taken!)
    Islam has been emboldened in NZ because of that capitulation.
    Thanks for your boldness.
    Darryl

  9. Reblogged this on Smiffy37's Blog and commented:
    Pastor Bill Randles :Telling it as it is !

  10. Gary says:

    Thank you for your considered response. As God’s kids we see from a spiritual perspective to identify that satanic power is behind both the act, and the government encouraged responses.

    It is quite obvious that by far the majority of NZ would agree with your post, even those who view it from a secular perspective. While ours and international media would have the world believe otherwise, we are increasingly unable to voice any opposing views or to even question.

    An imam can publicly blame Israel for being behind the massacre with no consequence for his words. Concurrently, and emboldened by the announcement of new hate speech laws in NZ, a number of people have lost their jobs because of some perceived anti-islamic sentiment.

    A Doctor was dismissed from an Auckland Practice for posting the question on a blog to whether NZ government should halt muslim immigration until effective vetting can be established. He posted the question a year ago.

    Most of NZ have also asked the same question, and indeed the pre-election rhetoric of our current Deputy Prime Minister alluded to the same.

    A coalition has been formed by Canterbury University and New Zealand Herald Journalists called Project Love NZ. They are scouring internet comments and social media posts – going back years – for what they consider may be anti islamic views and compiling a data base of NZ citizens.

    An “anti facism” name-and-shame twitter account has also popped up called TheBlockListNZ. They are publicly naming twitter accounts that they consider to be facist and in any way anti-islamic. In the true fashion of ANTIFA they are the most guilty of that which the accuse.

    NZ has changed so rapidly and dramatically some of us are questioning now whether or not it will be New Zealand that leads the world into the last satanic government of this age?

    We are humbled and so grateful that our citizenship is in Heaven. Philippians 3:20

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