Jacob Bembry – Columnist
During the closing days of World War II, as the Nazis faced sure defeat, they executed Dietrich Boenhoffer.
Boenhoffer was a theologian who realized, in times of war, certain actions must be taken. He knew that Adolf Hitler was evil and he engaged himself in a conspiracy to rid the world of the mustachioed dictator. Boenhoffer could not sit by passively, as many of his fellow Germans had done, and watch a madman take control of his beloved country and attempt to take control of the world. He knew that when Christians failed to act, they opened themselves up for many things.
If other Germans had acted earlier, there would have been no need for Bonhoeffer and his fellow conspirators to plot Hitler’s assassination. Hitler would never have risen to power if Christians had not sat by idlyand watched history which would mark Germany forever unfold before their blinded eyes.
In England, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had to unite the British against one common enemy. Instead of just saying that Great Britain was at war against the Nazis, he said they were at war against Germany. Soon, all Germans were counted in with the Nazis. The British became unable to discern between a good German and a Nazi.
Following the war, the scales began to fall slowly from their eyes. In London, a memorial service was held for Boenhoffer. English people realized he was both a good person and a German.
Christians today do not need to sit idly by and let our freedoms be taken away; neither do we need to engage in an assassination plot like Bonhoeffer did. Things do not need to proceed that far. We simply need to exercise our power to vote as Christians; we need to be involved in activities in the community; we need to control what our children watch on TV; we need to read our Bibles and pray, and we need to attend a Bible-believing church.
Don’t let evil control our city, county, state or country.