The United States is quickly approaching a dangerous cultural tipping point, author and talk-show host Eric Metaxas warns.
“It is the silence of the American church on a host of issues today that many people say, ‘Oh, that’s not a gospel-related issue. I don’t want to be divisive. I don’t want to be political,” he writes. ”It is that silence which directly parallels the silence of German Christians in the early 30s, and it led to the satanic evil of the Nazi takeover of that culture where they crushed the church.”
Metaxas believes that if only another few thousand Protestant pastors had spoken out, the Nazis would not have succeeded. Instead, their silence doomed the German church and nation while leading to the Holocaust.
“This was not biblical,” he said. “This was not what God was calling them to do. But the church hesitated enough and kept silent enough for long enough for the Nazis to utterly take over and really do things so evil that we look back and we think, ‘well, that can never happen again.’ And what I am saying in is that exactly the same thing is happening again today because of the silence of the American church.”
Metaxas believes that today, cultural Marxism is infiltrating American society. “It is advancing leftist ideas like transgenderism in schools and Christian persecution,” he said. “Breaking silence to make change takes courage and persistence.”
Nearly 200 years ago, Christian abolitionist William Wilberforce fought to end slavery throughout the British Empire.
“And when people say, `but you’re being political,’ he would say, ‘No, I’m simply doing what God commands me to do, to be a voice for the voiceless. The African slaves don’t have a voice. If I don’t speak, God will judge me,’” Metaxas said. “If I don’t speak for the unborn today, God will judge me. If I don’t speak against socialism and Marxism and the totalitarianism that is coming into our country, which is basically, Chinese communist thinking coming into America and into American churches.
“The fact is that Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce were both told, ‘be quiet, just keep your faith private, just preach the gospel and stick to gospel-related issues.’ And they said, ‘what is not a gospel-related issue?'”
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice