Unspeakable Evil Being Normal
When the truth of the human condition reveals itself in its indefensible worldview the evil perpetrated is beyond imagination, and the denial of such acts is the only recourse. In the New Testament text of Matthew Jesus states we are salt of the earth and light to the world. As followers of Jesus our worldview is founded on truth. The blinding light or undeniable taste of truth is God’s remedy to a world that deceives itself constantly.
Recently, The Center for Medical Progress has revealed investigative footage of Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling human body parts from abortions (see here http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org) The videos document heinous acts of violence and horror perpetrated by calm and normal looking people that could easily be our neighbors. How can this be? Well, history has been here before. The Nuremberg trials after World War II shocked the western world as Nazi defendants sat calmly as the horror and atrocities of the holocaust came to light. Old Testament texts give historical accounts of marauders killing women and children, even slicing the wombs of pregnant women, and the practice of sacrificing your own children to certain idols that were worshipped. A most disturbing account is related to a mother and neighbor killing and eating her child during a prolonged siege, and asking the king to surrender the neighbors child to kill and eat as well.
Most of us do not want to believe that a world of such evil really exists, at least not in our own neighborhood. The Christian worldview unblinkingly sees the evil around us and within us. It is why a Christian will say, “Only by the grace of God am I saved.” Truth does not allow a Christian to ignore evil.
Facing truth can be painful to the point of unbearable, and yet by holding steady and not running away truth will bring redemption, freedom and courage. That is why a Christian is willing to stand for truth, even-though that stance may result in persecution or even death. Those that runaway from truth will find themselves swept up in even more lies, and dark murky waters of evil.
A German pastor who was imprisoned and eventually executed for standing up against the Nazi regime aptly wrote before his death: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945