Canaries in the Coal Mine

Whenever there are fundamental shifts coming in human events there are “canaries in the coal mine” occurrences that presage the actual displacement. These small seismic shifts alert those paying attention that the “big one” is coming. As Jesus said to his listeners:

And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Matthew 16:3

There are many who believe that the terrorism and Islamic radical problem is a U.S. manufactured problem. If we would get out of their face (Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) the problem would just disappear. That sounds comforting to those on the politically correct bleachers, the multicultural prevaricators who, despite their denials are really anti-Christian, anti-Western civilization apostates.

However, events are beginning to catch up with the problem is us crowd. What they do not realize is that the problem is really with us; not with what we do per se, such as our policies (their argument), but with who we fundamentally are, and that is we are not Muslim. It is not just with us being Christian, or Jewish, or even Hindu or Buddhist. Anything not Islam is the problem, and Muslims everywhere are becoming increasingly militant in their assertions, even in places where they shouldn’t be acting that way.

It is well known to those on the street that there are certain areas within English cities that non-Muslims should not go. It is not safe. Michael Nazir-Ali, the only Asian bishop in the Church of England, whose father was a convert from Islam, has begun to call Muslims on their “dual psychology” where they play both social cards of “victimhood and domination.” However, his recent statement voicing the commonly known concern that Islamic radicals have made certain areas in England “Islamic only” was met with severe denunciations and calls for his resignation (See this article in the Telegraph.)

Bishop Nazir-Ali argues that it is impossible to satisfy all the demands of the growing community of Islamic radicals. “Their complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene when Muslims are victims, as in Bosnia or Kosovo, and always wrong when the Muslims are the oppressors or terrorists, as with the Taliban or in Iraq…Given the world view that has given rise to such grievances, there can never be sufficient appeasement and new demands will continue to be made.”

This Anglican bishop is joining the increasing number of early warning “canaries” who have been attacked for stating the obvious.

It is a Christian maxim for him who has an ear to listen to what God is saying to the Church. We missed what God was saying about Communism and Nazi Socialism until it was almost too late. Are we also going to miss what He is saying about Islam?

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