People and nations in north Africa and the Middle East roil under Islamic oppression. What drives this unrest if not the longing for freedom with which the Creator has hard-wired the creatures?
As former U.S. president, George Bush, pointed out, to be human is to seek to be free, and not every political system delivers equal results in this essential dimension of life.
The long-term solution is to promote a better ideology, which is freedom. “[The longing for] freedom is universal,” Bush said. “People who do not look like us want freedom just as much. The relatives of [former Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice over 100 years ago wanted freedom. It is only when you do not have hope in a society that you join a suicide bomber team.”
Of course more than the passive influence of hopelessness is at work in Islamic suicide killings. Religious convictions contribute much more directly to the terrorism of suicide bombers. Western sensibilities need to come to terms with this reality.
Only the One who said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” will deliver absolute freedom. As His followers, we are to inaugurate that freedom wherever we can.
Thus was America founded; thus may new freedoms in the Arab world emerge as well.
- Gary Brumbelow