Since the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia called for the destruction of all churches on the Arabian Peninsula several weeks ago, there has been scant major media coverage of this incident. And no world leader had a press conference condemning the statement. All that could be heard were crickets chirping (with the exception of Turkey & Iran, who condemned the statement, but put into practice the idea behind the statement in their countries). However, when a pastor in Florida burned the Koran and Afghans discovered that members of the U.S. military burned Korans, the media gave non-stop coverage to it worldwide and prominent world leaders fell over each other trying to be the first to get to a podium or camera to condemn the actions.
Such is the state of the world we live in. Cliff May of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has noticed the differences. He is of the opinion that world leaders, including the U.S., avoid speaking out when Muslims behave badly because they don’t want to be labeled Islamophobic. Saudi Arabia for decades has not only sought to destroy churches, they want to replace the free thinking Western Society with the religion of Islam and the geopolitical laws called sharia that go with it. Lest we forget, 15 of the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia is leading the charge within the UN’s Organisation of the Islamic Conference to pass resolutions urging member nations to fight against the defamation of religions, i.e. forbidding anyone to criticize or speak ill of Islam in any way.
I believe all of this is a reflection of what goes on in the spiritual realm. Since our world is filled with principalities, and powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places, the majority of those in this world will prefer evil over good as we see time and again in God’s word. The Israelites preferred rulership by a human king over God’s judges (1 Samuel 8). The word of evil king Ahab was chosen over God’s prophet Micaiah (1 Kings 22). Inhabitants of Jerusalem during the final Babylonian siege listened to Azariah instead of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 43). The Jews chose Barabbas, the riotous murderer, over Jesus Christ (Matthew 27). And the Ephesian masses listened to Demetrius instead of Paul (Acts 19).
Sources: World Silent as Saudi Arabia Works to ‘Destroy’ Churches. CBNNews.com. Sunday, April 15, 2012.
Laura MacInnis. UN body adopts resolution on religious defamation. Reuters.com. Thursday, March 26, 2009.
–Harry A. Gaylord–