In an interview with Breitbart News, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó noted how “Christianity is critical for the future of Hungary and of Europe, because neither the nation nor the continent can be successful without getting back to the Christian roots. These are the values upon which the whole European integration was founded.” Without question, Europe was the leading center of civilization for centuries because of its Christian foundation, not its current infatuation with secular, so-called ‘progressive’ values.
These days, Europe’s churches are empty and they are quickly being replaced by jam-packed mosques. That’s not a good combination. Sadly, Hungary is one of the few European countries that seems willing to address the matter. Hungary’s leader Viktor Orban has been quite blunt about the influx of Muslim migrants into Europe, stating on one occasion that “Those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims…This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity.” He added, “Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian?”
Of course, with Brexit and the rise of Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a backlash against progressive secularism. In fact, growing Islamism in Europe could lead to an embrace in traditionalism and the election of far-right, anti-Islam political parties that will aggressively deal with the Islamic terrorism problem. Any revival of interest in Christianity will probably be cultural in nature, however, much like the reemergence of the Orthodox Church in Russia and the Roman Catholic Church in Poland.
Regardless, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs also said in his interview with Breitbart News that “We see a very worrying signal that Christianophobia is becoming the last acceptable form of discrimination.” When it comes to tolerance in the West, there’s a double standard. Tolerance applies to all religions except Christianity. Szijjártó explained that “we must ask how it is possible to respect others with their religions, traditions, and history if we don’t respect our own.” There’s a fine line between respecting other people’s cultures and being assimilated. Europe is in the process of being assimilated. Just look at Sweden.
Here’s the deal. Anyone who tries to live for Jesus will encounter persecution in this world, but it’s no big deal (2 Timothy 3:12). God has got our back. Committed followers of Jesus can handle being mocked, persecuted and killed for our faith in Jesus. Christ promised us that these things would happen. It’s not going to catch any of us off-guard. That said, is the West prepared for life without Christians? Is it prepared for societies operating without the fear of the Lord? Worse yet, is it prepared to see its secular utopia replaced by Sharia law? If things continue as they are, many countries in the West will be confronted with a very unpleasant situation. Something has got to give. Will Europe bow to the crescent, run to the Cross or yield to a tyrant who will make it all better? Time will tell, but given what the Bible says about the Antichrist, odds are good they’ll opt for the tyrant.