March 18, 2013
Bonhoeffer Author's Must-See Message at CPAC
Video and blog submitted by Simon de Hundehutte
Anyone who has yet to see or read Eric Metaxas' speech that garnered him a standing ovation this past weekend at CPAC needs to make it a priority.
Mr. Metaxas, radio commentator and author of biographies on such godly and God-fearing giants as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, unabashedly lays out the case for what he sees as the number one destruction of America -- the intentional erosion of religious freedom.
In his speech, Mr. Metaxas clearly explains how the contraceptive mandate and redefinition of marriage debate are only, on the surface, about "peoples' right to choose" in the area of which babies live and die and whom people can marry. Down deep these issues are really about who controls the conversation and thought-life of the American citizen, the State or God? Are we free to bring what we learn in church on Sunday into the public arena the rest of the week, or does the State tell us to keep it all boxed up? If Bonhoeffer had done this in Hitler's Germany, if Wilberforce had done this in dealing with England's slave-trade -- would Germany and England and ultimately the world have been better off?
Mr. Metaxas sees disconcerting parallels between Bonhoeffer's time and ours.
"If marriage is legally redefined," said Mr. Metaxas, "it will utterly cripple religious freedom in America -- and it's already begun to do that -- and no one is really talking about this... not one of the cable networks even talks about this [angle]."
He went on to say that when the "elite" tell you that "the science is settled [on an issue] and the debate is over, that's a sure sign that the debate is not over -- that they are deathly afraid that the debate might begin."
Eric rounds out his speech with encouraging words and a call to action. He believes the hour is late, but not too late, and we can still alter the course of the so-called "settled debate."
After all, as Mr. Metaxas points out: "God decides who's on the right side of history."
As a final note, you will be encouraged to see Mr. Metaxas' conversation with Dr. Benjamin Carson immediately following the latter's stellar CPAC presentation.
Mr. Metaxas' speech can be read at his personal website: EricMetaxas.com
The author of Bonhoeffer describes how now in America, as in 1930s Germany, "freedom of worship" is being substituted for religious freedom and the State for God.