Chicago’s Moody Bible Church hosted a panel of religious thinkers Saturday night. WIND radio AM560’s Dennis Prager confronted best-selling biographer Eric Metaxas under the guidance of the evangelical Moody pastor, Erwin Lutzer. The conversation sparkled and left the hundreds of attendees wishing for more.
Prager led off with a concise historical definition of America: Liberty, In God We Trust, E Pluribus Unum. He contrasted this foundational American trinity with the left’s religion of the last 100 years: the enforcement of equality – focused mostly on gender and race. According to Prager, race is not relevant for Christians and Jews; all races are created equal, and the color of a person’s skin is not visible to God. Gender, on the other hand, is defined in the Bible – the book of Genesis – and the scripture provides a clear difference between men and women. Gender blurring (the latest fad in Europe) and redefinition of marriage is a non-starter. The Obama/Axelrod/Jarrett regime’s war on Freedom of Religion begins with ObamaCare and continues with gay marriage; both are moves to establish the religion of the Left over Biblical teachings.
All three speakers bemoan the deadening of the American founders’ clarity of conscience; the definition of tolerance has moved from allowing alternative viewpoints to accepting and now celebrating them. Leaders in Christian and Jewish pulpits are fearful of clear moral teaching, lest they lose a few congregants. Politicians muddy their messages with a single objective: perpetual reelection.
What would Dietrich Bonhoeffer do today? This World War II Protestant pastor transitioned his theological thinking from opposing Germanic militarism to active resistance as Hitler’s tyranny grew. In the end, as he faced a prison firing squad for an assassination attempt on Hitler, Bonhoeffer urged believers to action.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer tells the story of his short life of dedication to a closer and closer relationship with God and the Bible: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. In his own words, Bonhoeffer describes his struggles: Letters and Papers from Prison.
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