I have been thinking about two news articles which I have seen in the past week. The first is the tragic story of a young Italian woman who set out to prove that Islam was a religion of peace, by hitchhiking from Italy, through the Balkans and the Middle East, ending in Jerusalem.
She was raped and murdered by a Muslim man before she reached her goal.
The second story is about an American college student who was recently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a North Korean prison camp.
My heart truly goes out to both of these young people, and my heart mourns for their families. But really, their foundational premise in both cases is the same, which led to the ending of the life that they knew: that Western civilization is not morally superior to non- Western civilizations, and the same respect and dignity I am accorded in the West will be accorded me elsewhere.
Where did they get the idea that there was nothing special about Western society, and that non- Western societies are morally equivalent with, if not superior to, it? It is the prevailing philosophy held by the Western elite today, in order to prevent them ascribing glory and greatness to the LORD, and His Word, upon which Western civilization is founded, and upon whose principles Western norms and attitudes are built. Therefore, to claim that there is nothing special about Western society is to claim that there is nothing special about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and to claim that non- Western societies are morally superior to the West is to claim that the false gods and philosophies of those societies are morally superior to the God of the Bible.
In fact, the premise is false. Western society with its respect for law, for human life, for individual liberty rooted in righteousness, for family, for the disadvantaged and vulnerable, for authority delegated by God and operating under God, and for its fear of the LORD, is vastly superior to non- Western societies who do not have the same respect and honor built into the fabric and framework of its being.
But because this glaring truth is anathema to the Western elite, for whom YHVH and His word is anathema, they push the opposite lie and mark everything they touch with it: media, entertainment, and most of all, university and public education. They are the real murderers of Pippa Bacca and Otto Warmbier (who is thankfully not dead, but the life that he knew is over).