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Are the dark ages creeping up on Europe once again?
The news and opinion pages are full of dire headlines. In the Wall Street Journal over the last few of days, I’ve read some biggies. Yesterday brought a sad article: “Greek Crisis Exacts the Cruelest Toll” — discussing the spike in economy-prompted suicide rates in Greece and describing one man’s story in heartbreaking detail. The day before brought the article, “What Comes After ‘Europe’?” with the summarizing subhead “The riots of Athens will become those of Milan, Madrid and Marseilles. Border checkpoints will return. Currencies will be resurrected, then devalued.” The demise of Europe’s Union is taken as a foregone conclusion. As the author, Bret Stephens, points out:
America will survive this because America is a state. But as Bismarck once remarked, “Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong. Europe is a geographical expression.” The “fiscal union” that’s being mooted will never come to pass: German voters won’t stand for it, and neither will any other country that wants to retain fiscal independence—which is to say, the core attribute of democratic sovereignty.
What comes next is the explosion of the European project.
Is that going to be what comes next?
Speaking of the spiraling crisis in European Union economics, the WSJ elsewhere quotes Forbes.com writer Charles Kadlec from September 19 who gave a succinct summary of Europe’s woes: “There appears to be no way out.”
However, what appear to be the death throes of a continental superpower-wannabe which had overreached in hubris and arrogance, may not be death throes at all. They may be birth pangs.
As many observers of the goings-on in Brussels have noted many a time, the politicians and influence peddlers on the continent always seem to conclude the same thing: the solution to the problems of Europe is always more Europe. The solution to the difficulties caused by unification is always more unification.
Europe has seen difficult times give rise to powerful ascensions to greatness before, as difficult as the memory may be to consider. It may seem tactless to mention it, but only the foolish ignore the fact that the crushing difficulties experienced by Germany during the Weimar Republic were an integral catalyst for the rise of Hitler’s Third Reich. As Mr. Rahm Emanuel, then President-Elect Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, infamously said in 2008 of the unfolding U.S. financial crisis: “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid” (New York Times, November 6, 2008).
As Europe heads for the crisis of its life, many will see in that crisis the opportunities of a lifetime. There is an end to every tale, and the current crisis will bring to many the opportunity to craft the next chapters of the continent’s story and attempt to shape the end of that tale to suit their own ambitions.
But we have the opportunity to know the end from the beginning.
Bible prophecy has much to say about the final state of things in Europe. As bad as things may seem now, as a good friend frequently reminds me, revolutionary change is always painful. The picture painted for Europe in Scripture is not dependent on the whims of politicians or the latest economic panics. It is a picture of a continent’s rise to a position of domination atop the heights of the world and power the likes of which the world has never seen before. It is a picture, too, of the consequent destruction of the United States and the nations of the former British Commonwealth, the persecution of true Christians, and the return of Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
Don’t confuse Europe’s birth pangs for death throes.
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