Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, was “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. Unfortunately, many main line denominations as well as many Bible believing churches and pastors were silent on this issue. Why the disconnect? Perhaps, in part, it is because half of the women attending in many cases have had abortions, and to preach passionately in defense of the sanctity of life is not a popular theme in our society.
Interestingly, in pre-war Germany, there were essentially two main churches: those who, sought the creation of a national “Reich Church”; and the “Confessing Church,” which stood against Hitler by declaring that the church’s allegiance was to God and Scripture, not a worldly Führer. However even in the confessing church, few pastors were aggressive in direct opposition to Hitler and his program against the Jews, Poles, Gypsies, etc. However, two courageous pastors that did speak out were Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemoller. Bonhoeffer spoke out against the persecution of Jewish converts to Christianity and was arrested in 1943 and hanged on April 6, 1945, in the Flossenburg concentration camp. Pastor Martin Niemoller spoke out when Hitler appointed a Nazi as head of the Protestant Church. He protested and became head of the “Confessing Church,” condemning those who were bystanders and who were allowing evil to happen. He was interned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1938 to 1945, but survived the war. Where are the valiant pastors in America who are willing to speak out against America’s abortion holocaust? Unfortunately, we are experiencing that silent holocaust, as Americans in general, and even evangelical Christians, have acquiesced to the continued slaughter of unborn children. And we, like those German citizens who turned a deaf ear to the screams of the innocent and the stench of the dead, are perhaps relieved that the screams are restrained within the womb. Deietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us, “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.”
Dan C. Frodge