Proverbs 22:20-21 “. . . [I have] written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth unto them that send unto thee.” How wonderful to have a source of certain knowledge in this age of irrational epistemology, where no one can know anything for sure, and one man’s guess is as good as another’s! God’s excellent word is the unshakeable source of truth, and “whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
On another line, I was also reading the Chicago Times’ archive of Mark Steyn’s articles. He’s a Canadian who writes the cleverest analysis of US and European politics. Here’s his Christmas take on declining birth rates in Europe. “[D]emographics is a game of last man standing. It’s no consolation that Muslim birth rates will be as bad as yours in 2050 if yours are off the cliff right now. The last people around in any numbers will determine the kind of society we live in.”
As has been said repeatedly, postmodern humanism is a culture in love with death, and they will assuredly reap what they sow: their own deaths, and the death of whatever culture they’ve managed to grow in the fertile soil of our Christian heritage. And certainly Islam is set to take over when Europe dies. But what none of the gloomy birth-rate prognosticators is noticing is the [geometrically] growing population of Christians in America who believe the Bible enough to seek dominion on earth – and to “be fruitful and multiply.” I don’t think the Muslims will find a vacuum; they’ll find another group of people who also love children. And in the end, Islam will fall too, because just as much as the humanists, they are in love with death (just by suicide, not abortion and sterility). Jesus Christ in the person of Wisdom says, “Whoever hates me loves death,” because “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”
This is good news, but it is not yet reason to rejoice. We are not living in a private enclave; we cannot rejoice because so many human beings are running headlong towards destruction. Our response should not be glee at their inevitable failure, but compassion for their loss, and a vigorous attempt to turn them towards the truth.