In the mid-20th century, however, Germany was to learn that there is no safety in distance from Jehovah God. America finds itself on the very same path unless the Church finally will engage in confrontation with secularism. We are reminded in this of Dennis Peacocke’s unspoken reality in the century-long unraveling of the nation: “One thing is certain, virtually no one in ‘the real world’ expects Christians to be a significant contributing factor in the process [of creating a counteraction to secularism].”
In his New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas wrote: “German culture was inescapably Christian. This was a result of the legacy of Martin Luther, the Catholic monk who invented Protestantism. Looming over the German culture and nation like both a father and a mother, Luther was to Germany something like what Moses was to Israel ... Luther’s influence cannot be overestimated. His translation of the Bible into German was cataclysmic.”
On January 30, 1933, President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler Chancellor of the Reich. “Hitler had commended himself to the elite conservative circles that shared his distaste for the Republic, not least through his desire to replace the parliamentary system with an authoritarian monocratic state or Führerstaat.”1
Germany would now be tyrannized by a diabolical prince of darkness who consorted with diehard ultras, maniacs, and assorted barbarians, and who was often seen carrying a dog whip in public. Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1906-1945] forewarned of the predicament awaiting the nation: “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
But Germany did board the wrong train, resulting in Bonhoeffer becoming involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Imprisoned for the last two years of his life, Pastor Bonhoeffer was executed at dawn in the morning of April 9, 1945, after being led into the execution yard while prison guards jeered and ridiculed him.
The pastor was not alone. The prison doctor at the Flossenbürg concentration camp later said, “I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”
Justice Scalia questioned the idea that modern American education theories would produce virtue to sustain freedom. “One would think that Nazi Germany was a sufficient demonstration of the fallacy of that thinking. In the 1920s and 1930s Germany was the leader of the world in most areas you could name - the physical sciences, historical scholarship, music, philosophy, [and] public education. The most sobering fact about the Holocaust is that it was there, and not in some backward, underdeveloped country, that it occurred.”
Contemporary American education is completely divorced from common-sense reality as well as from its historical Biblically based context.
Should America insist on refusing to reinstate the Founders’ model for education, which includes embedding Biblical virtue into its youth, the future of the nation is at risk, with devastation of cataclysmic proportions a concrete possibility. Cultural Marxism has wrecked public education as secularists pervert culture by celebrating iniquity, provoking instability, fomenting division, stirring up political upheaval, and indoctrinating children to hate America and hate each other.
Hardly ever have better words been written on education than did in 1798 Benjamin Rush [1746-1813], American Founding Father, physician, and signatory to the Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, and surgeon general of the Continental Army:
“What mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of youth; and here I beg leave to remark, that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”2
Dr. Peter J. Leithart noted in his excellent 1 & 2 Kings Commentary the apt phrase used by Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950], the American lyrical poet, playwright, feminist, and winner of the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: “It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over.”
America now has catered to and indulged in idolatry for 3 or 4 generations. Most of the nation dances in worship around the golden calves of state-sanctioned abortion and same-sex marriage. Similar to the physical lack of water in ancient Israel, there is spiritual famine of God’s Word in a nation “founded for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
By God’s grace, however, Gideons and Rahabs are entering the public square.
American Renewal Project