Three key takeaways from the executive order’s implications and evangelical reactions so far:
- Evangelical leaders overwhelmingly oppose the four-month refugee freeze and resettlement reduction.
- American evangelicals at the grassroots are much more evenly split.
- Regardless of the court fight, fewer persecuted Christians will find refuge in America under Trump’s plan.
I’ll constantly repeat this quote from the author and journalist Peter Hitchens (the younger theologically conservative Anglican brother of Christopher Hitchens) whenever the opportunity arises because it’s true and no one else in the mainstream and fringe media are saying it. Too bad celebrities, predominantly anti-Christian, who oppose the executive order are too thick and/or arrogant to see they are part of the reason why there is fear of growing Islamic (or more precisely Islamist) influences.
[If] the ‘west’ really wishes to limit the influence of Islam over its societies, it needs to rediscover the Christian faith in a big way. And that crude, ignorant attacks on Muslims themselves naturally make any intelligent open-minded person come to their defence when he can, whatever he thinks of their faith.
And as long as the ‘west’ doesn’t rediscover Christianity, it flails dangerously about, mistaking strength and wealth for virtue. It puts its faith in reeking tube and iron shard, in bigger weapons, and in ‘tougher’ ‘security’], in consumer goods and in its own luxurious hedonism. This will not work. As I’ve said before, when George W. Bush used to say that Muslim militants ‘hate our way of life’, I could not forebear to chime in ‘But I also hate our way of life!’.
For I do. The ‘West’ only exists as a coherent part of the world because of the Christian morals, and the extremely high levels of trust and lawfulness based upon them, which allowed Europe and the Anglosphere to develop as they have. Islam has virtues (they have much, for instance, to teach us about hospitality and the care of the old). But Islamic societies have simply not managed to achieve levels of trust and law comparable to those in Christian lands. This could explain why Islam (if you discount oil) has not achieved any great economic success, why education, publishing, freedom of speech and thought do not greatly flourish under its influence - and I am sceptical of claims of Islamic paradises in the distant past.