Up to this point, I’ve pretty much tried to present things in a level headed balanced manner. But that was just up this point; from now on – NEVER! No, I’m kidding. I’m posting a thought provoking article & issue that I was confronted with, and then my response to the same. At first, my reaction was pretty much the same as everyone elses. “I don’t know! There’s just too much on either side of the deal.” So I decided I’d just sit down and do the all too normal – write out every thought and it’s opposing one as well. I’d then find my perfect balance. However, I didn’t. I started writing, and it just started all coming out. I never got to present the other side, because by the time I was finished with the one there just wasn’t anything left for the other.
So here’s the article:
The day when it would be necessary to exercise discernment in order to tell the difference between a hero or a villain seemed, for a long time, like a far-fetched idea to me, as history and experience generally create a clear distinction between the two; and understandably so, since after all, they happen to be opposites. That is, until recently; when, while listening to a news reporter, a name came to my mind; a name that instantly launched my mental faculties into the deep, dark, and often despised abyss of controversy that necessarily surrounds the name Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Born to a family of eight, Dietrich and his twin sister, Sabina, made their entrance into a sullen, gray world in Breslau, on the chilly night of February 4, 1906. His father, Karl Bonhoeffer, while working as a professor of psychiatry and Neurology at Berlin University, was Germany’s leading empirical psychologist. Dietrich received his doctorate from Berlin University in 1927, and lectured in the theological faculty during the early thirties. He was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 1931, and served two Lutheran congregations, St. Paul’s and Sydenham, in London from 1933-35.
In 1934, 2000 Lutheran pastors organized the Pastors’ Emergency League in opposition to the state church controlled by the Nazis. This organization evolved into the Confessing Church, a free and independent protestant church. Bonhoeffer served as head of the Confessing Church’s seminary at Finkenwalde. The activities of the Confessing Church were virtually outlawed and its five seminaries closed by the Nazis in 1937.
Bonhoeffer’s active opposition to National Socialism in the thirties continued to escalate until his recruitment into the resistance in 1940. The core of the conspiracy to assassinate Adolph Hitler and overthrow the Third Reich was an elite group within the Abwehr (German Military Intelligence), which included, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Head of Military Intelligence, General Hans Oster (who recruited Bonhoeffer), and Hans von Dohnanyi, who was married to Bonhoeffer’s sister, Christine. All three were executed with Bonhoeffer on April 9, 1945. For their role in the conspiracy, the Nazis also executed Bonhoeffer’s brother, Klaus, and a second brother-in-law, Rudiger Schleicher, on April 23, 1945, seven days before Hitler himself committed suicide on April 30.
Bonhoeffer’s role in the conspiracy was one of courier and diplomat to the British government on behalf of the resistance, since Allied support was essential to stopping the war. Between trips abroad for the resistance, Bonhoeffer stayed at Ettal, a Benedictine monastery outside of Munich, where he worked on his book, Ethics, from 1940 until his arrest in 1943. Bonhoeffer, in effect, was formulating the ethical basis for when the performance of certain extreme actions, such as assassination, were required of a morally responsible person, while at the same time attempting to overthrow the Third Reich in what everyone expected to be a very bloody coup d’etat.
This combination of action and thought surely qualifies as one of the more unique moments in intellectual history, as Dietrich was essentially a modern pioneer in this area of philosophy.
Highly acclaimed throughout history, Bonhoeffer has been hailed as a hero by the conservative community for many years, upheld as a heroic champion for the cause of freedom.
So we know all about a guy that lived 60-ish years ago now. Great guy, plenty of the guts and backbone that make the “grit” we respect in a leader or hero, but what’s the point?
This is where the story reverts back to the sparking of this train of thought; the irritating, maddeningly shrill voice of the news reporter doing the job he was trained so well to do: reporting news. The news this particularly unsavory individual had to bear, however, was not the ordinary yawn and finish your coffee before work news. No, instead, the terrible little sounds his voice box was making announced that the famous abortionist George Tiller had been brutally gunned down in his church by a pro-life activist with a weapon and a home-made sense of justice. Murderer of 60,000 innocent children, many of them past the 21 week mark, Tiller was not the type of guy I would have coffee with and chat about world affairs and views; however, killing him is taking it a little too far, right? I mean, after all, despite being the biggest mass murderer in the U.S., he is still a human, and that counts for something, last time I checked. The retard that shot him obviously hadn’t thought through the consequences of his actions: the name this would give the pro life community, giving the secular world yet more reason to throw us into the class of dangerous criminals. Gosh, didn’t this guy have any brains at all? Did he just wake up sunday morning with an overwhelming impulse to go to church and shoot George? Apparently…
But then I actually started thinking. And a very disturbing thought came to my head that I immediately dispelled, and questioned my mental health for thinking it. But then it came back. A little light bulb came on in my head for a short second (not really: metaphorically speaking. if a light bulb were to actually exist in my head, I’d be really weird, and if it came on, that would be beyond weird and into the realm of freaky) however, it only stayed on for a short second, because it was suddenly flooded by an overpowering wave of confusion: confusion as the “conservative”, “pro-life” news service railed on Scott Roeder, calling him a villainous enemy to the conservative cause. But why the confusion? Obviously, Roeder is a murderer! The cowardly act of brutality can be nothing but simply despicable! Oh, but that stupid little thought comes crawling back: Tiller was a mass murderer… The 60,000 innocents whose blood stains his hands equal over a fourth of the number exterminated by the insane rampage of Hitler: a sobering thought when you consider that while Hitler was practically insane and intended to weed out and “purify” the population, Tiller had no motivation beyond the whim of a deceived woman, mislead into making a decision that will ultimately bring her pain and shame. The cruel heartlessness of this monster can very possibly be accurately described as unsurpassed in the history of the world. When a raving maniac went on a murdering spree and killed thousands of innocents leaving a bloody trail of hopelessness behind, a man named Bonhoeffer participated in an assassination plot to stop the terrible evil ravaging the earth, and was consequently lifted up as a hero. Scott Roeder, a long time pro-life activist, saw the exact same situation ignored by the legal system of our land, and consequently took the action he deemed necessary to end the mass slaughter, reaping rejection and criticism from almost the entire nation. Is Roeder a hero for preventing the slaughter of yet more innocents at the hand of Tiller, or is he a villain; a scoundrel responsible for tainting the conservative community and pro-life-ism itself by committing a rash act of unjustifiable violence? Quite frankly, I don’t know. I’m confused. Rage finds a compromise with Scriptural commands, yet certain biblical principles and precedent indicate a far different pattern than the current pacifist mental state in which the majority of Christians lie. At the same time, principle clashes with direct command, leaving the head of the student spinning. In the light of my ignorance, and with the haunting words of God “thou shalt not kill” lingering in the back of your mind, I leave you a parting question. If a serial killer were loose in your community, killing innocent children by the thousands, and, by some happenstance, you found it in your power to end the swath of brutal murder with the pull of a trigger, and you knew for certain that if you did not take that action, more innocent lives would be destroyed, would you walk away and let it continue, or would you end it?
And here’s my thoughts:
I’m sitting here listening to this song “I hear my baby crying, I close my eyes to forget what I have done. But I hear my baby crying, the unborn child who’s life I took, will never see the morning sun.” (The mother commits suicide later on in the song.)
Do we truly understand abortion? Do we truly understand it’s results? NO! How many of you walking through a mall happening accross someone standing there with a Tommy gun using it on everyone in site would hesitate to pull out his concealed weapon and shoot the murderer? Hopefully no one. (I’m ashamed to say I know a few of you who might, but regardless…) Yet, you wouldn’t dare to even think a thought about walking into an abortion clinic and shooting the doctor.
Why? You know why? Because you don’t understand abortion. In our human nature we have to see a certain amount of action, we have to see certain results, in order to bring our moral senses to a right. Because we don’t see the blood, the gore, because we don’t experience the emotional trauma, it does not trigger a reaction from us.The question is: should it? Why shouldn’t it? Just because our human nature reacts differently, should we confine our minds to this naive way of thinking as a sinful man, or should we get beyond this human flesh and start seeing things from a higher point of view?
The biggest thing – rightfully, is what the Bible has to say on the matter. The all famous may be quoted – Thou shalt not kill – but as we live by the New Testamant and not the old, well I could say it doesn’t apply. But then the New Testament says that all the law and the prophets hang on the two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,…and love thy neighbor as thyself. Now we would look at this and say that not killing would fall under “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Because, if we loved others as ourselves we would treat them how we want to be treated, and none of us want to be killed. That’s the way it goes, right? Now let me insert a blasphemous line. Should we not, as a Christian want to enter the gates of heaven? Forget that. With the commandment “love thy neighbor as thyself” we have two options. Which neighbor do we love more? The murderer or the child? Answer for yourself. Apart from this verse, are there any others that might prohibit us from taking the life of a murder? As I don’t have the means to do a good thorough search, I have to go from memory. I can’t think of any.
So we’re scared of the name this incident is going to give to our sect – have we considered that “right” goes beyond what anyone thinks? No matter what we do, if we live our lives in dark cellers eating rotten potatoes our whole lives through, they’d find some reason to hate us.
How is it that we can look at heros of the past and thank God for the stands they took, saving the lives of grown men and women (as well as children) and then blast the soul that tries to defend a poor helpless baby? I mean, come on! What is this, defend the able – oppose the defenceless? If all this is simply a matter of whether as Christians we can take another human life, why do we not question our young men joining the service where ten to one they’ll have to take a human’s life? Again, it’s exactly the same as I already described. We have to visibly see the action – we have to emotionally feel it. War is real enough to us. Is murder of children not? After reading Gary North’s letter to Paul Hill I am thoroughly convinced of this fact. I might add, I was very shocked and appalled at this letter of Mr. North’s. It is absolutely NOT a case of God having not judged America for abortion practice because it’s not “legal”. Explain to me how an abortionist can walk out of a court room FREE and continue his serial killing if it’s “illegal”? Praise be to God that He’s a little higher than our petty rules and regulations and that He knows what life is! My friend be assured, He WILL judge! I could go through and pick the whole letter apart, but since there are few I’m sure who are familiar with it, I wont bother. And of course, time is much too precious to be leveling out Christian brothers.
For cryin’ out loud, we’ve got a whole slew of murderers to deal with! The murder of someone who has the very slightest degree of defence is one thing; a completely helpless baby, a human soul utterly defenceless, dependent on you or anyone else, yet brutally slaughtered…may God do the same and more to he who would dare to commit such a hineous crime! Somebody tell me how we can hate Hitler so profoundly, yet tolerate villians like himself in our very midst? I DO NOT care whether the majority of the populace was against Hitler while it seems that the majority sides with the abortionists today! They ARE the same, and you’d better realize it! You know what though, I don’t think that the majority stands on the serial killers side. I think that we’re too scared yeller to speak up, so nobody knows where we stand!
There. Anything I had to my name has now disappeared. Or has it just abundantly mulitplied? I pray to God, not, but then I guess it wouldn’t really matter, because what should I care about what others think about right? Sorry. 🙂
O yeah and btw, Hip Hip Horray and Praise the Lord I’m a double aunt! 2 1/2 months till my neice is born 7 3/4 months till my nephew comes along!
*And* I dare, I DARE any man to cross my path who would even give a thought to murdering either of these children! Better yet, I dare him to cross my God’s path! Yeah…I dare him!