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The New Islamic Revolution

Protests in Iran Credit: Javad Saharban/Flickr/Creative Commons

Protests in Iran Credit: Javad Saharban/Flickr/Creative Commons

Did you know there is a revolution among us? I don’t know if it will succeed, but it is starting, and it is huge.

Check out this video to see the brave leaders of the revolution:

In Bangladesh, high school students are protesting in large numbers, for bus safety.

In Iran, mass protests are demanding a prosperous western-styled economy, without the restrictions from the Islamic revolution.

And in Sweden, a young woman stood up on a plane to prevent it from taking off because one of the passengers was being deported to Afghanistan. The plane did not leave and the man was removed, to be deported later. The young woman said “It’s not right to send people to hell.” Note that “hell” is a Muslim majority country, Afghanistan. That is strong language from a 21-year-old woman.

Bangladesh, Iran, and Afghanistan are all Muslim majority countries, and young people don’t like the way governments are running those places. The rising generation is educated and informed, with access to the Internet, and they have values very different from their parents.

So, what do these young protesters want? The general rule is, we always want what we don’t have. More accurately, we want what we know we don’t have, and this is a generation that knows. They don’t live in isolated villages anymore.

I understand bus safety. Much of my recent work is built on safety for bus transportation, and I know how boring that sounds, but the cargo is human beings, not boxes of freight, and accident tolls are terrible to see. The kids in Bangladesh want a western-styled civil society, with laws and regulations, and a culture of honesty. They don’t want the future that their ancestral societies destined them for. They don’t want what their grandparents gave to their parents.

This must cause some family arguments, and now the arguments are in the streets.

A few months ago, I was walking in the mall and I saw a young girl from a Muslim immigrant family, probably from Somalia or Sudan. Her identity was obvious from her appearance, and I noticed that she was staring intently at something in a shop window, and not moving. I was a bit concerned, so I looked again, and she was staring at a poster of young girls, with enormous smiles. I think the poster girls were frolicking on a beach, with no surplus clothes.

The little immigrant girl was covered to her wrists and ankles, and her head was covered. I’m sure her parents will never rewind the information she took in that day.

And that is the revolution; kids who want more. I live in a prosperous western society, and I think we are being oversold. But they want what they want, what they think they know about us.

So, what is this “more” that the new generation is demanding? The Sociologist Max Weber called it the Protestant Work Ethic and it is usually identified as the source of stability and prosperity in English speaking countries and northern Europe. Devout Christians influenced the society around them, and built prosperous democratic societies. Today, our secular societies live in the shadow of the grandparents’ success.

Now, everyone wants that Christian success, as it fades away. They want one order of Bible Belt, hold the Bible.

Jesus told us:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5: 13 to 16)

I believe any country can prosper, with God’s help. Maybe some day we will be applying for immigration to Afghanistan and they will describe our countries a “hell.” I know that we have abandoned the source of our success, in the success model countries. Our fuel tank is low now, in our secular times; it’s just running on fumes and memories.

And that is the new Islamic revolution; kids who want the “more” that they think we have. The gift from God, given to our grandparents.

Jesus told us:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and celebrate, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you. (Matthew 5: 3 to 12)

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