Pride In The Western World? - A Relgious Perspective On The Importance Of Western Civilization
I stand for the West precisely because without the Western world protecting Freedom of Conscience there would be no place for Christianity. In China, the Muslim world, North Korea, and many other places, you can be arrested and even killed for transporting Bibles and preaching the Word of God.
If one believes that the Western world is not of vital importance to the survival of Christianity and Judaism, one is likely veering mighty close to Docetism, the heresy of believing that the physical world does not matter. God created the physical world, and we live within it. As Christians and Jews, we are to use our reason, along with prayer and scriptural study, to navigate our world. We are not to live only in a spiritual realm. We must acknowledge the realities in front of us. We can not simply say, love is the only important thing, and move on from there, living in a fairy land of love.
Administrating the world, and pruning the garden are important aspects of the world. Look at Paul's letters and how much administrative advice he dealt out.
Our governments are made up of ideas, some good and some bad. But, despite some of the bad things some of our governments in the West may do, they all invariably protect Freedom of Conscience. Our governments do the job of administrating Freedom for us. As such, we need to be thankful for them. Without such protection human beings the world over would not have the opportunity to hear the gospel preached.
Here in the US, I help pay for Bibles and people to be smuggled into China and North Korea so that they can hear the word of God in those countries. I also support Voices of the Martyrs which sends missionaries to Islamic countries.
If we were not able to produce hundreds of millions of Bibles here in the US, these things could not be done.
The Western world is vital. It is not a matter of pride. It is a matter of freedom and morality.