Thursday, June 11, 2009
"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me...
By that time there was no one to speak up for anyone."
--The Reverend Martin Niemoller
This is not a post about Nazis, but the quote still applies. The radical factions who espouse an anti-God, anti-family, and anti-freedom agenda are coming for you. Yes, you. So you'd better determine where you stand, and you'd better make that determination now. The attacks on conservatives--particularly Christian conservatives--are constant, calculated, and cold-blooded. And they're only going to intensify. You better believe that attacks on people like Sarah and Willow Palin and Carrie Prejean are not isolated, rare incidences. The heat will be turned up. The question is: Will you feel it? The answer depends on you. You'll feel it only if you're in the kitchen. In other words, only if you're a threat, only if you're engaged in the fight. As long as you sit and do nothing, don't worry; you're safe. But that inactivity comes at a great price.
I am tired of the Christians who say that their fellow Christians with the nerve to take a stand should shut up, sit down, and be happy. I am tired of Christians who think there's some kind of virtue in not rocking the boat and not speaking the truth--so they condemn other Christians who have the intestinal fortitude, not to mention the spiritual discernment, to know that now is not the time to take a back seat and accept whatever is being thrown at you. You want to go hide? Hiding is for cowards. People of principle don't hide; they fight--first on their knees, but then on their feet.
They come against the unborn, denying them the right to life, and you do nothing because, well, your children are safe. They come against Willow Palin in an effort to destroy her mother, and you find no voice. I mean, who are you to be outraged? You're not a woman. They come against Christians to silence them, taking away their right to simply gather in their own home to pray with others, and you don't even sweat. After all, it's not your place to question the powers that be. Besides, you like to pray home alone. They come against Carrie Prejean, stripping her of her crown because she took a stand for her faith and declared marriage to be between one man and one woman, and you barely notice. I mean, it's not your problem, is it? You don't even like beauty pageants.
You are too busy to get involved, or you believe it's wrong to speak out, or you think everything's going to be okay in the sweet by and by. The problem is they're coming for you! And when they do, your "by and by" will be replaced by saying "bye bye" to life as you've known it in this country. While you sit by and watch them pick off people, and faith, and family one by one, while you hide away in your self-induced delusion that you're not supposed to speak up, they're coming for you. You have not been called to sit idly by. You have not been anointed to glance with eyes glazed over at our president and just be content to pray for him rather than oppose him when he tramples on the foundation of our Christian heritage. The thought that you should just smile and nod is a thought from the pit of hell. Send it back.
You have been called to action. You have been called to side with that which is right. And if you do not, when you finally wake up--causing them to turn their attention in your direction--who will be left to fight for you?