God is Not Raining…He is ReigningFebruary 9, 2008
Since the fifteenth century, Amsterdam has been known for two things: the practice of modern capitalism and open prostitution. Some would say that in the history of the business world that the two are synonymous, and I will not attempt to discourage that notion. Let’s just say that amid the Tulip Futures and Coffee stocks a few well-turned ankles have also been on display.
In fact, Amsterdam has the distinction of being the most open about all the recognized societal vices since the 1960s. They openly allow brothels to exist in their red-light district, and even allow the hookers to display their wares openly on the streets. However, that is about to come to an end.
In an article in Newsweek, the report has come in that they are buying up the properties in the red-light district and closing down all the brothels. The mayor is spearheading this campaign because he doesn’t like the “sleeze, shady dealings, violence and crime associated with the sex industry”.
Wait a second…the Dutch Liberals for years have claimed that the best way to eliminate crime is to legalize the things that people will commit crimes for: Drugs and prostitution. Now they want to eliminate those things because they cause crime? It sounds like there is a society that is finding out that God is not about raining on anyone’s parade.
Most people assume (and I’m afraid that some Christians hold this in their hearts) that God just likes to outlaw fun. He is gleeful at raining on our parade of joy. History tells us that societies that voluntarily follow the ten commandments find a lot of peace, joy and low crime rates. That is not Liberal or Conservative…that is biblical. Liberals ignore moral imperatives and Conservatives ignore ethical ones (such as taking care of the poor, widows and orphans).
But any society that sees the value of moral living reaps the benefits. Have there been any societies like that? Granted, they were short-lived, but they do exist. Israel under Uzziah and Josiah saw unparalleled prosperity. So did Switzerland in the 18th century under the Reformers. You can add Scotland in the 19th century, Wales in the early 20th century, Korea in today’s current economy and modern Fiji. All of these societies outlawed moral crimes and rewarded moral living. They all saw crime rates at the bottom of the scale
A civic leader in Amsterdam had this to say about her city:
The crackdown fits into a nationwide backlash against the excesses of 1960s “happy-clappy” liberalism, as a conservative Dutch member of parliament recently put it. Over the last few years the Netherlands has adopted a stricter policy on selling marijuana, and a ban on hallucinogenic mushrooms is slated to go into effect later this year. “People in Amsterdam and the rest of the country are starting to discern real tolerance from bogus tolerance,” says Asscher. “When Rudy Giuliani started to clean up Times Square in the mid-’90s, some people were warning that no one would ever again want to come to New York City. But as far as I know, it has had record tourist numbers each year since.” Perhaps Giuliani, who this week dropped out of the U.S. presidential race, should run for office in the Netherlands.
They are learning that God’s laws, no matter who adheres to them, are best for the creatures He put on the earth. That will always be true.