WHEN “DOING GOOD” ISN’T AUTOMATICALLY OF GOD
WHEN CHARITY MAY NOT BE CHARITY
Some years back I read somewhere of the insistence of a certain preacher that some forms of goodness amounted to virtual rebellion against God.
I recoiled and still somewhat do, at the blunt, seemingly excessive claim which I hardly understood. Only now I am having second thoughts about what might have been more obvious from the first….After all, Jesus condemned Pharisees who gave charity for show and said their reward for it was here and now and not in the hereafter (Matt 6:12). In other words, to feel good was enough for them and they got what they wanted. It had nothing to do with God’s intentions.
Though spontaneous compassion is good and should not suppressed – the same Jesus obviously also famously approved the Good Samaritan – sometimes what is truly good and best for people needs to be found out, thought about, prayed about, not least as regards the long term. Ultimately what is good is “God’s Will”, not whatever one might think on the spur of the moment.
Right now we are arguably having a major demonstration of the not so ideal goodness of a post-Christian, godless West. It is one in which Germany, as though in penance for past failures and determined to exchange Aryan racial purity doctrines for mongrel multicultural ones , is leading the band and making it so easy for migrants/refugees to enter their nation that it is encouraging still further immigration towards other nations, less wealthy and less able to cope.
A CROSSROADS AND A WATERSHED
Should Europe simply ignore the refugees? Well obviously not, and no decent person wants to see people dying unnecessarily at sea. But serious questions have to be asked all the same and appropriate policies put into place. More questions are surely appropriate when all those who have major responsibilities in what has occurred – non-interventionist Obama, brutal Assad, unwelcoming rich Gulf States, evil people smugglers , corrupt, impossible to live in African states – are being far less opposed, criticized and protested to or about by those would-be sympathetic sectors of the general public marching with banners for immigrants or giving them handouts.
There are moreover refugees and refugees ; the difference between the genuinely dispossessed and economic migrants is increasingly recognized as a real issue.The world has been properly enough moved by the image of a tragically drowned child, Aylan Kurdi; the reality nonetheless is his father was not escaping Syrian persecution. He had lived and worked safely for three years in Turkey and wanted a better life (and treatment for his teeth) in Europe and risked his child’s life in a dangerous journey for that.
At least some of the Syrians appear to be, and might need to be, tolerably in pocket to have got as far as they have when others are left to their fate in rather greater need. Some even seem rather demanding and pushy, not hesitating to call any hostile authorities “animals” as though it was somehow a right for vast numbers to arrive suddenly and uninvited upon settled societies and as though the international law that requires refugees claim asylum in the first safe nation they reach, didn’t apply to them because it didn’t suit them. Would Muslim societies host, indeed have they ever hosted those they dismiss as “infidels”? The West needs to consider, even if rumours are false about ISIS smuggling in their members among the refugees, that the long term effects of the open policy could be to alter the entire face of Europe forever and maybe lead to its Islamization too.
All said and done, and with the best and most tolerant, liberal will in the world, it must seem from the experience of recent years many Muslim immigrants have the reputation of stirrers. As Hungarians are complaining, they are less likely to assimilate and do in Rome as Rome does than any other immigrant group. In the end, everything from school curricula to national diet can get called into question. Just recently a seriously ghastly case of the almost continuous persecution over years in UK’s Bradford of a Pakistani Christian family by Pakistani immigrants has come to light. https://goo.gl/9zHM9Z Is this non-assimilationist situation, assisted by a too often blind multiculturalism, what is really wanted? Is the new multicultural will to abandon long held traditions, customs and values in quasi-submission to Islam’s often insistent demands what the tolerant, democratic West really wants and its future children deserve?
The auguries are not good. In Sweden refugee Syrian Muslims have been making life misery bullying already traumatized Christian refugees, insisting they remove crosses, even pushing them out a refuge centre . http://goo.gl/JXikTr (Swedish police did nothing, the country is almost hostage to PC attitudes and can be pushed into almost anything for peace and quiet!). Then there’s the anti-Semitism that risks importation. The same Palestinian girl who engendered press sympathy when she was tearful because Merkel said not everyone could be accommodated, a day or two later was declaring Israel had no right to exist. The Middle East doesn’t understand, and perhaps doesn’t want to learn, western notions of fairness. Will the refugees even be grateful for being admitted or will they consider it what infidels only owe them like so much jiza tax?
There are Christians like Giles Fraser of Britain’s The Guardian prepared dramatically to declare it’s Christian and biblical to let just everyone in at whatever price – he wildly cites Mosaic teachings about the alien and sojourner. Apart from the fact the regulations refer to provisions of an ancient theocracy, this open doors position quite ignores that the refugees Israel would take in were then intended to observe the laws of the Hebrew system. Would Fraser wish to demand migrants sign on the dotted to observe democratic values, or take classes with a view towards conversion to Christianity? All said and done, Christians are supposed to preach the gospel everywhere to everyone, (it’s Christ’s final command to his disciples) something political Islam everywhere singularly forbids, and something the “compassionate”, social gospel brand of Christianity is in no danger of doing. So the ultra-socialist Christian position is just a lot of hot air and silly posturing .
TOO MANY OTHER VICTIMS FORGOTTEN AND IGNORED
Meanwhile the moral cowardice of inter-faith Christians and the prejudices of multicultural favouring unbelievers, raise hypocritical hands in horror at the suggestion Christians, though by far the most radically persecuted group in especially the Middle East, subject to outright genocide and ruin of their historic culture, should receive any kind of preferential treatment. Broad-minded Europeans won’t presume to dirty their hands taking sides among religions! Not they, they are so tolerant, so generous! Typical of the current PC line has been the execrable Obama who, even when 21 Copts were (openly) executed specifically for being Christians – their executioners even promised to war against the cross and make attack upon Rome – not wishing to offend Muslims and still less praise any martyrs, could only say 21 “Egyptians” had been executed by ISIS.
What alas this PC attitude, somewhere between ignorant and hypocritical has been producing over recent years, is a suppression of proper information and action in numerous cases of Christian persecution, some in places like Pakistan and Myanmar/Burma whose victims should have been loudly protested for and given refuge in the West long ago. While the banners and loudspeakers of concerned citizens protest for Muslims, who speaks for today’s hopeless Christian refugees of Pakistan’s persecuting Islam living precariously when not imprisoned everywhere from Sri Lanka to Thailand? Who protests for the numerous imprisoned Christians of North Korea – for that matter who even bothers to mention those Christian and others cruelly imprisoned in Iran to which Obama cannot concede enough and at the expense of American citizens without whose release no deal with Iran should ever have been made?
Media will regularly take sides over Muslims we hear for example of the unquestionably badly treated Rohingas in Burma, but for the last two decades scarcely a whisper from media about the rape, torture and murder, and genocide of whole Christian communities which, since they belong to ethnic minorities, have fallen foul of not so kindly Buddhist Burma’s horrible tendency to ethnic cleanse. It cannot be said enough that once outside the West, Christians are the most persecuted group and often enough where any Muslim majority rules. But it’s not only Muslims. The atheistic Chinese government has had thousands of crosses torn off churches in the recent months and the treatment of Christians in many areas continues unacceptable but who is protesting? Not the likes of Australia and its government whose trade and good relations with China is the prime consideration. Then there are Christians in Vietnam imprisoned and not allowed even communion or bibles. The list goes on and on. Who is protesting? Giles Fraser and the social gospel Christians or the noisy student professional protesters of just about anything? The silence is deafening.
“GOODNESS” AS AN ABOMINATION
I don’t need to be a prophet to say with some conviction that a fair deal that currently passes in the West for goodwill and charity is little better than an abomination to God, quite outside any divine will for nations and is a work of self-delusion, self-indulgence and self-congratulation, an unspiritual myopia that cannot see any larger view. There are forms of goodness like deeds of the church of Laodicea that Christ simply despises. The good works will never substitute for the hazy attitudes towards all and any ethics and beliefs nor would it buy any divine favours for normally materialistic, immoral societies – they might even court divine dismissal.
What has happened and will now happen may even be a mark of, in some degree, God abandoning a society that has abandoned all belief and loyalty, however broad, to inherited beliefs and tradition. Christianity is not good enough for the brave new world’s sense of righteousness. But let free of God, it will open itself to other than the freedom it thought to establish and represent. Arguably the downfall of the West is being played out before our eyes. It is said the migration is “of biblical proportions”. No one is saying that alarming lessons of a biblical kind might also be expected to be learned from it and likely too late.
[Though the subject is very different, I would encourage all readers of this article to go to my other site and read Something the Australia Press Doesn’t Want You to Know http://wp.me/p2v96G-GZ ]