In this political season, we have a tendency to look at everything from a political perspective. Of course, to make a wise decision in the election, it is vitally important to weigh in with the debate and formulate a wise decision when exercising your right to vote. As Christians, we should do this with the full understanding that the problems of our world are foremost, a problem of sin more than a problem with our policies. Sin is defined in the scriptures as “breaking the commandments of God.” Deeper than the sin problem is our rebellion towards the leadership of God. Since the Garden of Eden, mankind has rebelled against God’s way to follow an independent path from Him. This basic tendency is the source of all sin and rebellion. The scriptures tell us, “There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is the way of death.” Human reasoning, apart from God’s counsel, will always lead to the way of death. It will seem right to us, but we must understand that God has created us to rely and trust in His counsel.
In the Garden, Adam and Eve looked for outside counsel. The serpent was more than willing to convince them that following God would only hold them back. Motivated by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; they chose the human path rather than the godly path. We have been dealing with the problems of that choice ever since! God created us as creatures of choice. His desire for us was to work with Him in order to populate and take dominion of planet earth. God’s purpose for us is amazing, but we often think we have a better idea. Sometimes our ideas not only seem right, they seem very good. We often think we are being altruistic, but without God, we are only laying a path for our destruction. A good example of this is happening in the world today.
In Europe, as in America, immigration is a major issue. Germany is leading the way for open borders in Europe, even setting an example by taking in one million immigrants from the Middle East in one year. A generation ago, Germany was a cause of a great war that devastated Europe. World War II was a follow-up to another major war, World War I, which was also instigated by Germany. World War II was principally caused by Germany that was under the control of the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler. It was Hitler that propagated a concept of German superiority as a race. This appealed to their “pride of life,” offering economic superiority and prosperity, which appealed so much to their lusts; it made them willing to go to war with the whole world. Because of their prideful, superiority mindset, they were willing participants in the genocide of many people; especially notable was the murder of six million Jews. The war came to a tragic end and the suffering they experienced for their misguided actions was very severe.
Unfortunately, the nation did not need to repent of their attitudes because Germany was a necessary ally against the threat of communism. The nation only needed to forsake Nazism and rebuild their economy. Their pride and self-esteem were necessary, from a human point of view, to rebuild their country. A Liberal social view became the human choice to atone for their past. This human choice is evident in the present time, as they have become advocates for immigration and having open arms to the world. They are taking the leadership in pointing out to their former foes the evil of protecting their culture and native history. Part of this change has been to turn away from the Christian history that was so powerful in shaping the European continent. Following the war, most of Europe rejected Christianity to the point that most of the great Cathedrals and churches stand more as museums than houses of worship. Again, “There is a way that seems right to man, but the end is the way of death.”
Presently, ethnic Germans have a negative population growth of about 200,000 people a year. The desire for the good life has made family life a burden. It is a well-known fact that economic growth requires population growth. Although the world is in an era of new economic ideas, with negative interest rates, and quantitative easing, the results have been anything but stellar. Another problem is care of the elderly. Social programs seemed to have made family structure unnecessary with social security and such. The problem is, you still need a growing number of young to support the system; in the end, you see multitudes of elderly institutionalized—without love and the personal care of family. For the German elites, their plan for immigration makes it possible to survive and appear like humanists. Unfortunately, with a negative population growth and unlimited immigration, the long-term impact is the marginalization of the German people. In a short time, from a historical point of view, it will be the death of a nation. It will not be long at all before the lower class immigrants will despise their so-called benefactors, and who knows what that will lead to? How different would the outcome have been if the Germans had said at the end of the war, “We need to turn to God”? We are moving toward a time in history when many nations of the world will realize this.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Micah 4:1-2
The scriptures say that there will be a time when nations of the world will see the wisdom of God. I am confident that it will only come when we see the failure of our wisdom…before we see the strength of His. If only we didn’t have to go our own way first!