March 21st, 2014
This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’
Sharia law is the legal system derived from the Koran and other writings held as holy by Muslims. It is an oppressive, and sometimes barbaric, set of rules and practices that enforces the role of Muslim men in a male-dominated Islamic society.
It treats women, children, minorities, and non-Muslims as second-class citizens at best, and possessions, “domestic animals,” or enemies at worst.
Without fail, societal observance of Sharia law ushers in general oppression that can only be described as a supernatural darkness. For a nation to accept Sharia as its governing influence means regression to a primitive view of life that does not recognize the intrinsic value of each human being as the unique creation of a Creator God.
Severed hands and feet, backs and buttocks laid bare and bloody by the lash, stonings to death, decapitations, genital mutilations, tongues carved out, noses sliced off of faces, acid thrown in faces, and the list goes on. These barbarous acts are not the stuff of fiction, they are punishments proscribed by Sharia law. And their use is practiced in too many countries in the world today.
It absolutely dumbfounds me that women’s rights advocates in “enlightened” western nations tacitly approve, by their silence, the utterly barbaric attitudes of Islam and Sharia toward women and children. The same goes for LGBT activists who brazenly try to force their agenda on every person in our society — where they are already accepted and respected — yet clam up like rag dolls when it comes to opposing the practices of Muslims.
Some even imply they prefer Islam to Christianity. Of course, they voice those opinions while safely ensconced in a Christian society where they are loved and accepted for who they are. By the way, when a nation falls under Sharia law rule, the gays are the first to feel the wrath of its enforcers.
And in a society that strictly observes Sharia, non-Muslims, even if they receive the protection of the state, are forced to pay a tax (known as ‘jizya’) just for not being Muslim. Plus, they live under a strict curtailment of their rights and privileges. And if they refuse to pay up, they are either run out or executed.
No, I’m not making this up. This is real. And it is what Muslims want when they say they want an Islamic society under Sharia law. And most importantly, it’s not only what they want for themselves, but for everyone else, too, Muslim or not.
This is where Egypt was headed before the military stepped in and removed the Muslim Brotherhood. This is where certain parts of Africa and the Middle East are today. And this is where a city in Syria now finds itself.
The Syrian city of Raqqa, population nearing a quarter-million, was taken into the control of a rebel faction known as “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). It is so brutal that even al-Qaeda has disowned it. The rebels established Sharia rule. Now, under threat of death, Christians in Raqqa have to pay a tax of $1,000 per person. Poor Christians are required to pay only $250. They cannot pray in public, build new churches, or carry weapons (and they’re on the frontlines of a civil war). The Christians cannot even ring church bells. And they must report any hint of threat to the Muslim powers in charge.
ISIL says that if Christians refuse to abide by these rules, “Nothing will remain between them and ISIL other than the sword.”
This second class status for non-Muslims is called “dhimma.” The Christians in Raqqa are living in “dhimmitude.”
Did you know that “dhimmitude” is coming to a nation near you? You may think that Islam is confined to the “Middle East,” but 62% of all Muslims live OUTSIDE the Middle East. The last time I checked, 62% constitutes a majority. That means the majority of Muslims live in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. In fact, some analysts predict that certain European nations will be predominantly Muslim as soon as 2050.
Lebanon was once known as “the Switzerland of East,” and Beirut as “the Paris of the Middle East.” In 1926, it was 86% Christian. Today, Lebanon is 34% Christian, 66% Muslim. Though it is slowly starting to rebound, the last few decades have seen Lebanon and Beirut completely devastated by civil war as the Muslims have sought to cleanse it of all Christian influence.
“Multicultural” European governments are seeing the same results because they have allowed almost unimpeded immigration from Muslim nations. Now, as violent demonstrations erupt in the capitals of Europe, with Muslims demanding the implementation of Sharia, they are reeling.
Though Paris has been the most prominent city rocked by these cultural convulsions, England has seen its share. Yet, unbelievably, the British are continuing to lead the Western world down the path of Sharia-compliancy. The government has promoted Sharia-compliant financial bonds and allowed the establishment of 85 Sharia courts.
What about North America? Well, there are no official Sharia courts here, yet, but the Vancouver Sun points out that the major sources of immigrants to Canada are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Iraq. In those countries, more than HALF of Muslims agree with the concept of “honor killing.” That’s a Sharia-accepted practice where the male members of a family are allowed to murder female members whom they perceive to have “disgraced” the family.
Can you imagine a Christian father murdering his daughter because she was seen holding hands with a boy? And doing it legally?
Folks, this is real. This is now. This is where denial of Jesus Christ and our Judeo-Christian values leads. This is what politically correct “multiculturalism” yields. Isaiah lamented the fate of those “who call evil, good, and good, evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness….” (Isaiah 5:20) Is there a better description of Sharia law or an Islamic state? God, through Isaiah, pronounced “woe” upon them.
The curtain is now falling on the Age of Grace. The ancient prophets of the Bible predicted horrible conflicts in the times we are approaching. Make no mistake, those conflicts are taking shape across the world as I write these words.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that if you have been genuinely born again, you won’t be around to see the really bad stuff happen. We’ll be with Jesus Christ in our new heavenly home.
Make sure you’re ready to go when He calls.
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