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From Auschwitz to Churchwitz

For Millions, Our Steeples Are Smokestacks



007-Schindlers-List-1993-The-Auschwitz-FurnaceReturning home from a recent business trip, I flew over the city purported to have more churches per square mile than any other in America. As I gazed down sleepily at the numberless steeples checkering the landscape and dimly pondered their equivocal significance, I was suddenly startled awake by a strange transformation occurring before my incredulous eyes: The spires of the church buildings had morphed into so many cruciform chimneys belching skyward an almost palpable, smoke-like darkness.

Only the darkness wasn't smoke. What I saw ascending to heaven from each sanctuary was praise—the grotesquely incongruous praise of Christians worshiping a God they fancied demanded no remorse and no repentance for doing precious little to stop the extermination of the most vulnerable of His children.


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If you're as old as I am, you will recall: We swore we would never forget the German death camps. We swore we would never let them be rebuilt. We swore we would never let such a monstrously evil thing happen again. Not on our watch. No, not ever.


But, effectively, we did forget the death camps. We let their equivalent be rebuilt in America's 850 abortion clinics. We let the monstrously evil thing happen again, in spades. History has repeated itself by powers of 10. For where the Nazis had their 6 million victims, we have on our hands the blood of 60 million.

Not a day passes that I don't ask myself, how, in the name of all that is holy, have we let this happen? How, from week to week, are we able to assemble in houses of worship and, with ostensibly clear consciences, preach and hear sermons and sing songs about the love of God, when we are so fantastically out of touch with what the love of God is all about? What happened to caring for “the least of these”? Where is our love for them?

I know, you're weary of hearing the now-almost-emptied-of-meaning comparison to Hitler's systematic extermination of those he considered untermenschen: the “less than humans.” Believe me, I'm weary of drawing the comparison. Not because it doesn't fit; it does. But because it no longer produces outrage. Witnessing Christian apathy on abortion makes me wonder if Auschwitz enraged us not so much for the depth as for the novelty of its evil. After all, we weren't accustomed in the 1940s to mass-produced, assembly-line murder. These days we are.

I say “we,” because it is we—Christians—who could bring about a swift end to the abortion holocaust if we really wanted to. But 40-plus years of deafening pulpit silence argues we don't really want to.

Christians are quick to say they believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, but most do little, practically, to incarnate that belief and help change ours from a culture of death to a culture of life. Most are pro-life in belief but not in action. Most do little to actually help abolish abortion.

Remarking on the failure of the church to do little more than deal with the effects of great evil after the fact, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “We are not simply to bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

If we were serious about ending abortion, we could easily drive a spoke into the wheels of the machinery that drives Christian apathy and inaction. I've outlined an embarrassingly simple One- Minute Strategy to End Abortion that I believe would work—if only pastors would implement it.

But many American pastors and churchgoers are more offended that responsibility and blame should be laid at their feet than that 3,500 babies a day are being put to death. This, by itself, ought to be a potent wake-up call that there is something horribly wrong with a Christianity more upset by what it considers unfair defamation and wrongly placed blame than it is by the mass extermination of its little neighbors.

But is the blame wrongly placed?

In common jurisprudence, when you have a duty to prevent the commission of a crime but fail to make the effort, you are complicit in its commission. You are what's known as an accomplice. Christ's brother James put it this way: “The one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” We know the right thing to do.

Yet we persist in being willing accomplices to the evil of our age. We could end our silence on abortion, but we don't want to pay the price for standing up and speaking out on behalf of those who can't defend themselves. We prefer an “abundant life” Christianity that includes all the blessings but none of the suffering Christ promised His followers they would face if they were true to Him.

We have become expert at devising reasons why we can't make the abolition of abortion a church priority. So expert, in fact, that if every baby aborted in America were Jewish, we would be the pride of Hitler's SS for sanctioning their obscene “final solution” with our steadfast refusal to oppose it. What a testimony.

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As my plane touched down on familiar soil, I found myself haunted by the opening words of a contemporary Christian song. I recalled, with no little irony, that it had been the theme song of the recent Missions Conference at my church, my own dear church:

Carry the light
Carry the light
Go and tell the children they are precious in His sight . . .

Suddenly, I was weeping bitterly for them.

But even more bitterly for the precious children.

Image copyright Universal Pictures.

Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.


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Comments:

America's Disgrace Greater Than Auschwitz and Hitl
Attn All Americans! This is a terrible epitaph for our history here in America, and NONE of us should be proud of this record. Over 96 Million future possible citizens have this nation alone have been removed and robbed of the opportunity to live, breathe, and contribute to the society. What a disgrace we leave behind here as bad or even worse than what the Germans did under Hitler. How inhumane this nation is with allowing this to continue and now right today this is posing a "National Threat" to this nations SECURITY because with the demographic charts now showing a true imbalance of dynamic proportion between the death rate and the birth rate there is no prospect of recovery ever. The more that this happens the worse it becomes for the future of this nation. Are you willing to risk losing your country on account of this short sightedness and delivery of decisions that have and continue to impact this country and our heritage far beyond recognition. STOP this NOW, WAKE UP AMERICA, you are giving sanc tion to "MURDER" in the deepest sense of the word, and by doing so threatening the existence and future of the greatest nation on Earth. Think about what you have allowed to happend here through the ballot box. Shame on US! One day ALL who practice this slaughter, or condone it's existence will answer for their actions to their creator. There will be no escaping answering for what has been done. It is time right now to put an end to this, to begin again with respect, care, and sensitivity to LIFE and it's value and preciousness given to us. Don't allow this to continue any longer! Let your conscience be your very own guide and ask yourself, "What if I was one of these", I would never have had the opportunity I do now. Will you give another a chance like you have been granted? Will you treasure and appreciate LIFE as precious and special, and meaningful? Will you observe the 5th Commandment in the 10 given? It is the darkest hour of our existence when a life is removed and opportunity stolen, without cause, by man. Please think about this, and share with all you know! It is time to change course NOW!
Weeping for the lost children is exactly what we should be doing as believers!

Now is the time for the church to weep and mourn, not laugh and dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Are we begging Jesus, “Give me children or else I die” (Genesis 30:1)? Are we mourning like Rachel for physical children lost to abortion, infanticide, neglect, and abuse? More importantly, are we mourning for spiritual children lost to sex, drugs, and alcohol – to Satan and this world? Few people weep and pray for these lost children. No one cares for their souls (Psalm 142:4).

http://220lily.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/mourning-into-dancing-rachels-joy/
The Catholic Church and all the faithful (like Father Frank Pavone=Priests for life etc...) in the ONE Body of our LOrd Jesus Christ, openly with our Holy Father Pope Frances are standing up against abortion, contraception and euthanasia....and the world knows it.. It is ALL the self righteous (hypocrites -is what Jesus called them) who have no need or repentance who call themselves Christians, who continue to murder the most innocent (through abortion, and contraception (silent chemical abortion)....their own actions......that are keeping this tree of death alive....this beast could die if these hypocrites would stop buying their contraception and getting abortions... ..........POPE FRANCIS said :
“We should all call ourselves sinners. Yes, here all of us here are sinners. But we are not corrupt. The corrupt remain in a state of self-sufficiency and don't understand humility. Jesus, called them out. He said: they appear beautiful, from the outside, but just like whitewashed tombs, inside they are full of dead bones and putrefaction.”

He then added that while the sinner repents and asks for forgiveness, the corrupt person does not. It's these type of people said the Pope, that cause the most harm to the Church." http://www.romereports.com/pg154706-pope-s-mass-sinners-yes-but-not-corrupt-en
Abortion
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/02/18/the-biblical-view-thats-younger-than-the-happy-meal/
Truth
Here is the truth, I understand that most will not want to hear it, abortion is not "quite" the same as murder. If you look at the Bible the punishment is not the same as taking the life of another person. Okay, before the arrows of hate hit lets be honest with each other. Abortion is the ending of the potential of life, God does know you at conception so you obviously have merit.

It is time to "play the game" using logic and science and stop simply telling people that abortion is evil because God said so. The reason that pro killers (or is that pro choice?) people are afraid of ultrasound, choices and facts is that then they will be seen as evil. It is time that we simply ask them why? Why is it that Hillary Clinton said that she believes that abortion should be legal but rare.... lets demand she explain why if abortion is safe then why should it be rare. The answer is obvious but those who wish to end the life of a human will dance around the subject until it is funny..... if only it did not mean that a child was dead.

Lets stop using God, he is the greatest but never accepted by those we are debating, and simply use science and logic. Lets make those who disagree with us admit that killing the child is important to them. Lets end the cycle of using the Bible (which is true) and using facts and logic that they cannot run from. Lets point out that our President voted to make it illegal to comfort a child born that was meant to be aborted. He wanted to make it a crime to hold a living, breathing child that was in trauma and give it comfort because he felt that if we could do that then it would help folks like us and hurt pro-choice people.

Stop preaching to the choir and start telling those who still believe in killing (fewer of them then us by the way) that what they are doing is evil, not because God said so but because they are simply wanting to kill people.
Churches comments
The reason the churches will not speak out against the murders of the innocent children before/during abortion is they love money in a tax deduction more than Jehovah. That is why I don't belong to a denominational church and why I will not go to Holy Communion with them.
The Church must stand up and speak out
Let us not give up on Bible-believing Christianity.
Einstein was a first-hand witness to the horrors of the Third Reich, its seizure of power, it's inhumanity.
I own a copy of the December 1950 TIME magazine in which Einstein testifies that only the church, not the universities or the media, stood against Hitler.
You can verify, as this American Pastor did, by viewing Einstein's letter of confirmation to a preacher who wanted to include Einstein's statements in a sermon.
Unlikely as it seems, PBS is the source, and you can see the framed copy of Einstein's testimony here:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200706A19.html
Each person must stand up and speak out as they are able.
Only then can we alert our culture to what is being perpetrated in our communities against innocent human beings.
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https://www.facebook.com/notes/bob-larimer/when-they-tried-to-kill-my-daughter/10151782653425967
Abortion
Thank you Rolley for your excellent take and truthfulness on this subject.
God bless you my friend.