Response to Evil

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil" Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


Started a discussion  to which I was unequipped to contribute.  It was so obvious, to me, that this statement was true and that the Protestant Churches allowed a rigged election to put Nazi supported "German Christians" in control, was wrong.  Note that I misstated my original argument as the ministers of the chuches failed to stand against Hitler and the Nazi and this was wrong.  The point is that Hitler and the Nazi were permitted by German citizens and the world to bring on the holocaust with little opposition.

My opponent responded that I should not judge the ministers because I wasn't there and did not know their situation.  As I recall, and, at least what I meant was that their actions were wrong.  There were certainly more to the discussion but I will spare them here. 

On reflection, I would like to make the following points.

As a young man, I faced the decision of keeping quiet, as my family advised, and pointing out that the castration of a young black man accused, not convicted, of raping a white woman, was wrong.  Steeped in biblical training from my mother who took me to prayer meetings, bible study groups, as well as making sure I went to church and  Sunday School, I believed that the right thing for me to do at the moment was to point out the evil of the action even though this was in a racially sensitive city in the south at the time.  I have never regretted that decision even though it made me a virtual outcast from a large part of my family. 

Thinking back on that event, I can't say that I had any specific biblical references in mind to support my position. I just intuitively knew it was wrong.  Even now, I admit  that I have problems with like situations that bring danger to my family by expressing my opinion.

It was later that I discovered a message to Ezekial that fit my conviction. Chapter 3:17-18. God is telling him

"17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 20 Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thy hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezek 3:17-21 ASV)
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I believe that God is speaking to me through that scripture. I may be wrong, but God will let me know when we settle up later.