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.