First, two academic treatises:
Purifying the World
Then, a really odd news report coming out of Dearborn, Michigan:
Four Evangelists Arrested Outside Arab Festival
And, the testimony of the evangelists themselves:
Videos of Christians Arrested at Arab Festival
Finally, an op-ed discussing both the arrest and the larger context:
Islamic law comes to Dearborn
There is a common thread tying all of this together, a common ideology that has led to what is possibly the single most unholy alliance in the history of our world. Not since the Akkadian invasion of Sumer in 2350 B.C. has the world so clearly been divided into two camps. The first camp, and by all appearances the stronger of the two, is that great coalition between the liberal progressive fascists devoted to a humanitarian utopia based on social engineering and their newfound allies, the Islamic fascists who are devoted to a theocratic utopia based upon Shari'a. Both groups view the other as useful idiots crafted by fate to be used and then destroyed once their goals have been achieved. Both groups are focused on Christianity as the great deception that prevents them from realizing their utopia. Both groups also believe Israel is the source of money and influence that runs the Christian world through a shadow government of "Zionists". Together they form a coalition of radical fascism that is reaching into every corner of the globe.
Minnesota now allows Shari'a compliant home loans, and in Minneapolis itself Muslim cab drivers refuse to take passengers who are not in compliance with Shari'a. And, as noted in the link above, in Dearborn, Michigan this past weekend four Christian evangelists were arrested for passing out copies of the Book of John outside the Arab International Festival. Chris Matthews, Robert Reich, and numerous others have called for Pres. Obama to nationalize BP, an oil company owned by a foreign government. After all, these pundits reason, the government already owns Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and GM, so they might as well add an oil company to the portfolio. And where would all that money go? Well, I imagine some of it will go to the Taliban, some of it will go to Hamas, and some of it will go to Iran, none of which takes into account the billions of dollars in American oil money being used by Saudi Arabia to spread Wahhabi Islam. Most news networks reported on the "peace" flotilla raided by the Isreali Defense Force a few weeks ago, but almost none of them reported that the main organizers behind the flotilla itself were close friends and allies of Pres. Obama. Did you notice that in the aftermath of the raid Pres. Obama took neither side of issue, refusing to condemn the flotilla participants while at the same time refusing to condemn the actions of the IDF? Naturally, this left both sides of the issue furious. After all, time and time again the president has reached across to the world's muslim leaders while treating Israel like an unwanted second-cousin.
My view of this mess is jaundiced by both my faith in Christ and my love of history. I see in the unfolding of this newest alliance both the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and the culmination of a war that began in the fertile plains of the Tigris-Euphrates river plain. Once more, hopefully for the very last time, the armies of collectivism and forced conformity are banding together in a desperate attempt to destroy freedom and individuality. As always, their targets are anyone who dares to think differently, dares to stand up for their natural rights, and dares to oppose the "divine" plan of narcissists backed by the unthinking.
It is no surprise, I guess, that zombie and vampire movies have become so popular over the past decade or so. In order to submerge your personal dreams beneath those of some arrogant and self-absorbed leader you must be zombie-like in your ability to follow orders without questioning them. In order to live off the dreams and aspirations of whole groups of people while treating them as faceless warriors in the struggle to realize your own ambitions, you must also be willing to bleed them of their individuality, their humanity, and their very life. It strikes me that far too many in today's world aspire to being either the parasite on top of the heap or a mindless minion who is not required to think, dream, or analyze, merely exist and lay down their life for "the greater good".
I am not willing to bleed those around me dry, nor am I willing to allow myself to be bled to feed the dreams of someone else. I dream my own dreams and pursue my own goals. I support those who earn my respect and avoid those who try to sell me on visions of golden heights of human perfection. I encourage everyone I know to find and pursue their own dreams while discouraging them from viewing others with hatred or jealousy. My whole life has been dedicated to lifting up those around me without submerging myself. If there is "good" and "bad" or "righteousness" and "evil", then to my mind the good and the righteous are everyone who understands that there is no earthly power greater than the individual, and no greater duty than service to the world around you.
A king who does not serve is a vampire and a tyrant. A servant who does not think is no better than a zombie and less useful than a stone. It is only when king and servant alike are both rewarded for maximizing their individual potential that the world can enjoy both prosperity and peace. If this modern alliance between fanatics both atheist and theist results in a global conflict that aims the world's armies straight at the heart of Jerusalum, then I will have to sit back and rethink the way I have long interpreted these verses (Revelation 19:7-9):
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves.
If the world turns on Israel, I will be among her defenders, either right here in my own homeland or over there in the holy land. Whichever battlefield God sees fit to place me on. Do I want this war to come? No! I want my children to live in peace, prosperity, and freedom. If the final battle can be delayed another century, or even another millenium, then we are all better off for it. Best of all, naturally, is for it to never happen. Somehow I don't think the collectivists will allow that. They've been fighting for dominance for over four thousand years while the rest of us have been fighting just to convince them to leave us alone. They aren't about to stop now.