Archive for October, 2013

The Sin of Silence

October 31st, 2013 2 comments

hitler and clergy

On September 6, 2000 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Laurence White, the senior pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas gave a prophetic address directed toward American pastors and their congregations. In his address, he compared what took place among the clergy during Hitler’s rise to power with what is taking place in the American Church today. White writes:

When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, he scornfully dismissed the church, and her pastors, as an irrelevant force which posed no threat to the Nazi agenda for that great nation. “I promise you,” he boasted to his inner circle, “that if I wish to I could destroy the church in just a few years. It is hollow, it is rotten, and false through and through. One push and the whole structure would collapse.”

“We should trap the preachers,” he said, “by their notorious greed and self-indulgence. We shall thus be able to settle everything with them in perfect peace and harmony. I shall give them a few years reprieve, why should we quarrel? They will swallow anything in order to keep their material advantage. The parsons will be made to dig their own graves, they will betray their God for us, they will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and incomes.”

The dictator’s words proved to be tragically accurate. The great majority of Christians in Germany looked the other way and minded their own business. They kept their religion and their politics strictly separate from one another, and refused to vote on the basis of single issues which would have set them apart from the rest of the electorate. They blended in and they went along and they followed the path of least resistance. They did that which was expedient and practical and safe, while their country was dragged down into a swirling maelstrom of barbarism and death.

My prayer is that Rev. White’s words, spoken over a decade ago, will not be true about the Church in America today. We must speak boldly on the biblical issues of life, marriage and religious liberty before these precious gifts from God are trampled before our eyes. Now is not a time for blending in, getting along and avoiding conflict. These are all code words for men who have lost their fear of God and their courage to speak on His behalf. Those who sin by silence will, as Hitler boasted, be forced to dig their own graves.

Our Students Deserve Better – A Response to Academic Tyranny

October 29th, 2013 4 comments

academic freedom

Higher education once involved the pursuit of truth. Our universities (uni – meaning “one” and veritas -
meaning “truth”) were concerned with creating an educational environment where the greatest questions of life could be pursued in an open environment where critical thinking and honest debate were an integral part of the process. And while the outcome might result in a difference of perspective, students were encouraged to demonstrate a healthy dose of tolerance for others who may see things differently. Back then, tolerance meant the ability to respectfully disagree.

It seems those days are long gone. Consider the recent actions of Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana
University. McRobbie publicly declared IU’s opposition to the state’s proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman. Why would the president of one of our leading universities unilaterally express opposition to an institution that has served us well for several millennia? It seems “the lack of tolerance implicit in the proposed amendment runs counter to IU’s deeply held values.” McRobbie says the amendment would “codify an intolerance.”

Welcome to the Left’s new definition of tolerance. Instead of embracing the opportunity to engage the university in a healthy dialogue on this important issue, we simply receive an edict from the emperor. So much for an open-minded discussion and critical thinking about marriage and its vital role in a free society. Forget the invitations to leaders on both sides of the issue who could have been invited to campus to share their unique perspective on the future of marriage and the family. No chance for public policy debates, term papers submitted by students, speeches offered in class and a host of other meaningful educational opportunities that could have been seized. All we get is an edict. Anyone who disagrees is obviously a homophobic, bigoted, mean-spirited moron. End of discussion.

McRobbie’s actions are a disgrace to higher education and an insult to Indiana University’s faculty and student body. We don’t send our sons and daughters to our state universities to be told what to believe, let alone to be insulted by the president for not sharing the same beliefs about marriage. It’s a crime that the many strong arguments for protecting the institution of marriage will never be heard simply because of the
intolerance and bigotry of our university thought police. This is not higher education. It’s indoctrination and bullying. Our students and taxpayers deserve better.


Dr. Ron Johnson Jr.
Executive Director

Indiana Pastors Alliance · P.O. Box 452 · Zionsville, IN 46077 ·

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