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I recently finished reading “Bonhoeffer”
by Eric Metaxas. The book, a nearly 600-page biography of German pastor
and influential theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was simply
life-changing. Throughout his page-turning treatise, Metaxas brilliantly
illustrates how Bonhoeffer lived and died by Christ’s admonition,
“faith without works is dead” (James 2:20).
Although Bonhoeffer penned a number of widely read books on theology
and Christian apologetics, he is chiefly remembered for his key role in
one of several German conspiracies to assassinate Adolf Hitler and
overthrow the Nazi regime. For this he was captured and hanged just
weeks before the end of World War II.
It seems natural at this point to trek into “must read” book review
territory; however, I will resist that temptation. Although “Bonhoeffer”
kicked open the door to any number of theological, philosophical and
political themes, it struck another cord with me entirely.
As I read of Bonhoeffer’s efforts to thwart the genocidal slaughter
of millions of Jews, disabled people and other “enemies of the State,” I
could not help but recognize the parallels between the vast holocaust
carried out in Nazi Germany just decades ago and the modern-day
holocaust ongoing within our own shores.
Whereas the Nazis were responsible for the wholesale murder of more
than 6 million Jews, those today who support the practice of abortion
homicide are no less complicit in the systematic slaughter of
55-million-and-counting equally precious human beings post Roe v. Wade.
The parallels are undeniable and the science unequivocal. Murder is
murder whatever stage of development the human victim.
The stark similarities between the two holocausts were lost on
neither Dietrich Bonhoeffer nor Eric Metaxas. “Destruction of the embryo
in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has
bestowed upon this nascent life,” wrote Bonhoeffer in “Ethics,” his very
“To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a
human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is
that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this
nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that
is nothing but murder,” he concluded.
Indeed, Psalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
So it occurs to me that those who call themselves “pro-life” and put
faith to action in defense of innocent persons – as did Dietrich
Bonhoeffer – honor both the memory of this Christian martyr and the God
he served. They have picked up his mantle. They are continuing his noble
By contrast, if pro-lifers are modern-day Dietrich Bonhoeffers, then
what does that make abortion supporters? In the years leading up to and
during World War II, many Germans – who were otherwise generally good
people – succumbed to Nazi propaganda and acquiesced to the horrific
Jewish persecution that escalated from a slow boil to a red-hot torrent
around them. In effect, they bought into exactly the same kind of
dehumanizing, euphemistic semantical garbage embraced by those who today
call themselves “pro-choice.”
Mind-boggling is the human capacity to rationalize genocide.
On Feb. 2, 2012, Eric Metaxas gave the keynote address at the annual
National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. He was clearly inspired
and influenced by the subject of his latest biography.
Sharing the stage and sitting merely feet away was Barack Obama, the
most radically pro-abortion president in U.S. history. In a spectacular
show of resolve and moxie, Metaxas walked over to the president and
handed him a copy of “Bonhoeffer.” He then launched into one of the most
powerful and stirring speeches I’ve ever heard.
While President Obama squirmed nervously in his seat, Metaxas
addressed both his book and the abortion holocaust with incisive
clarity, saying, in part, “We are capable of the same horrible things. …
Apart from God we cannot see that they (the unborn) are persons as
well. So those of us who know the unborn to be human beings are
commanded by God to love those who do not yet see that. We need to know
that apart from God we would be on the other side of that divide,
fighting for what we believe is right. We cannot demonize our enemies.
Today, if you believe abortion is wrong, you must treat those on the
other side with the love of Jesus.”
Indeed, we are admonished in Scripture to pray for our enemies – to love those who do evil.
Nonetheless, we are also commanded to speak truth. We are told to
hate that which is evil and to fight – indeed to die if necessary – for
that which is good.
I will, no doubt, be accused of demonizing abortion supporters by
equating abortion genocide to the Nazi Holocaust. I will be charged with
violating “Godwin’s law” which holds that: “As a Usenet discussion
grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler
Still, my comparison is not intended to be an ad hominem attack. In
fact, it’s not an attack at all. It simply is what it is. To identify
the undeniable juxtaposition between the Nazi and abortion holocausts
respectively is to make use of the best analogy available. I can think
of no more fitting a comparison. If the shoe fits and all that.
Indeed, ours is a holocaust no less real – no less evil than that
perpetrated by the Nazi regime. We’ve simply moved from the gas chambers
to the abortion clinic – from Auschwitz to Planned Parenthood.
I love America. She’s the greatest nation on earth. Nonetheless, as
long as we continue to allow this enduring slaughter of the most
innocent among us, we are no better than was Nazi Germany. Abortion on
demand will be viewed by our progeny as the single greatest blight on
our American heritage.
To live under Roe v. Wade is to live in shame. To live under pro-abortion leadership is to live under the Fourth Reich.
More information and petitions: http://israelinenglish.blogspot.com/2012/07/abortionholocaust.html / http://www.ericmetaxas.com/blog/the-blurb-worth-a-thousand-words/
Like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, we must protect the innocents lives, fighting against abortion and pray for God use us in this case.
If you are against the Holocaust, you must be against ABORTION!
Think about it and Shalom!