IRELAND - Gay Premier for the Nation?

Arno Froese

Ireland is on the verge of a huge generational change in its political life with the likely election of Leo Varadkar as its next premier—a move that would give the once-staunchly Catholic country its first openly gay leader and its first of Asian immigrant descent.

Supporters are comparing the trained doctor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new French President Emmanuel Macron, hoping a straight-talker from the generation hit hardest by an economic meltdown a decade ago can transform the political landscape.

The fact that such a milestone is barely mentioned in local media or raised in the leadership race demonstrates just how far the country of 4.6 million people that was long seen as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe has come.

Having only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993 and introduced divorce two years later, Ireland became the first country to adopt gay marriage via a popular vote in 2015, drawing overwhelming support from every corner of the country.

-www.reuters.com, 26 May 2107

Arno's commentary

Only a few years ago, Ireland was one of the “sick men” of Europe, along with Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, experiencing a nearly devastating financial crisis. Ireland, however, was one of the first capable of placing itself on solid financial footing. According to the CIA Factbook, the country’s exports to the world stand at $160 billion, in contrast to imports of only $88 billion. GDP per capita stands at $69,400 for 2016, compared to $53,100 for 2014. In simple language, success rules, and success has become the defining guideline for any nation.

This is a picture of the result of tolerance; everything goes, as long as it is successful.

Fundamental laws are being changed, in this case to accommodate the sodomites. Homosexuality was decimalized in 1993, and divorce two years later.

Here we are reminded of the success in the times of Noah and Lot. Jesus tells us, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-29). Note the economic success: “…they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded.” A picture of our time, but the disregarding of God’s Word will ultimately lead to the fulfillment of verse 30: “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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