HEADLINE: Bread Over Freedom?
The people of
Germany weren't any more barbaric, uncivilized, or depraved than any other Western
nation of the early Twentieth Century, yet the Nazi regime will forever serve as
an example of brutality and extreme racism run amok. What led so many people to
such extreme ends?
According to Dr. Lutzer, the German people's progression
from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary, and more than a few benchmarks
from their transition can be observed in present day American society: the Church
is silenced, the economy is king, the lawmakers determine behaviors, the media controls
beliefs, the Gospel and nationalism become inextricably tied to each other, and
yet, heroes still have power.
This is not to suggest the United States is
marching toward authoritarian oblivion, but that we - especially we Believers -
must be vigilant in our stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.
must take note of these lessons from history. The parallels are real, but the conclusion
is not a foregone one.