Would you prefer to know when a crisis is coming?
“I have spoken to you these things so you may have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble. But trust! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (MWNT)
To be sure, there are thousands of innocent, desperate lives caught up in the refugee crisis, looking for a better life and a place of freedom.
But with time, we have discovered the troubles which come with these mobs of refugees as they come to settle a town with a population as big as their own numbers.
I was particularly moved by the testimony of this woman from Calais, France, as she tells what has happened to her beautiful seaside village since the refugees came:
In her own words, “This is the end of civilization.”
Simone from Calais describes what it looks like to live in a town:
- where law and order has broken down,
- where the police are unable to help the innocent who are caught in the crossfire,
- where property is confiscated to help bring a solution to the crisis,
- where criminals prey on the innocent without fear of retribution.
This is more than a refugee crisis. This could mean the collapse of Europe as we’ve known it.
As Bobby Jindal said, “Immigration without assimilation is invasion.”
The Qur’an says in Surah 4,
“And whoever flies in Allah’s way, he will find in the earth many a place of refuge and abundant resources; and whoever goes forth from his house flying to Allah and His Apostle, and then death overtakes him, his reward is indeed with Allah and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” (4:100)
If you live in Europe and you think I may be over-dramatizing the situation, please leave a comment below to set me straight. I am not there, and you are. But for now, I am convinced that I must be right, given the number of atrocities being reported in the news.
My oldest daughter, my wife and I were flying to Chad for the first time as a family. As we were preparing to land at Charles de Gaulle, the announcement all of us would dread to hear came over the intercom. It went something like this:
“May I have your attention, please. The landing gear has failed to deploy. Our crew is well-trained to face this situation and is preparing for the possibility of an abnormal landing. Please do all you can to follow the instructions of the cabin crew.”
Our eight year old Sarah asked me what was going on. I told her that the plane is getting ready to try to make an emergency landing and may crash because the wheels did not come out. She panicked, along with everyone within hearing distance of my explanation to my little daughter.
Thankfully, the wheels eventually deployed, and we were able to make a normal landing.
I got a lot of nasty looks as we got off the plane.
Sharon disagrees with what I did. She says that I shouldn’t have told Sarah what was going on. And she’s probably right… when you’re talking about telling an eight year old girl about the dangerous situation you find yourself in.
However, I have lived in all sorts of countries in Africa and the Middle East. I have lived through violent student riots. I have driven through destructive protests over political cartoons with my family. A rebel army fought a heavy battle to take over the town where we were living as a family, and succeeded.
Because of what we have lived through, I prefer to know about the potential crisis at hand. Then, I am better prepared to face it head on… and to move on to better times with my life, and the life of my family, spared.
Since it is what I would want someone to do for me, I am ready to warn others of danger whenever necessary.
And I don’t see a warning as the end of the story. It’s just a bump in the road, an obstacle to overcome by being prepared.
With all that is going on in the world, if you KNEW that you would make it through, and prosper at whatever you did through these difficult times… what would you do differently?
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