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Silence is Deafening

Nov 10 2010

I recently started reading a book entitled ‘BONHOEFFER’, written by by Eric Metaxas. What can I say…I have not put the book down, and am stirred on so many levels. His courage, strength, tenacity and determination to do the will of God, whatever the cost (in his case it cost him his life), was both convicting and inspiring.

The following words by Martin Niemoller were very sobering. He was initially resistant to standing against Hitler, but was later awakened to the reality of all that was happening and was imprisoned for eight years in concentration camps. He wrote:

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

As Christians we cannot sit back and ignore the injustices that are happening all around us. We must rise up and stand against injustice as the prophet Isaiah repeatedly exhorts us to do.

In the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer “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.”

Let's be a Church that is determined to not just “do church”, but to BE the Church and bring justice to our world.