Not so fast! I want to applaud a couple of citizens who have not backed down from their beliefs and convictions, and have stood in the harsh light of public scrutiny. At a time when almost everyone's motives are deceptive and manipulative, these two people showed us how to stand with courage, and without apology.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer made the intentional and conscious decision to follow the will of God, even when faced with his own death. He sought to wake up his countrymen and their religious leaders to the destructive path they were on. In the end, he made some difficult decisions and was executed in a concentration camp.
Author Metaxes has taken the bold step of warning his own country to be aware that we could fall into the same trap. AND he is doing it vocally and courageously; Metaxes spoke directly before President Obama during the recent National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Here is how National Review Online characterized the appearance:
Metaxes, a Yale grad and humor writer who once wrote for the children's series Veggie Tales, began his speech with several jokes and stole the show early on when he noted that George W. Bush, often accused by his critics of being incurious, had read Metaxes' weighty tome on the German theologian Bonhoeffer; he then proceeded to hand a copy to the President while intoning: "No Pressure."
That's how it happened in Hitler's Germany. No one stood up to prevent the small moves towards controlling the churches and the downward spiral that would inevitably end in genocide for 6 Million Jews. Dietrich Bonhoeffer did, and I urge you to read the Bonhoeffer biography. Then ask yourself, would I have the courage to follow my faith?
After posing for two years in skimpy garments, she began to feel led to follow another course. She married shortly after winning the modeling contract, and came to the conclusion that "My body should only be for my husband and it's just a sacred thing." She confirmed her belief that modeling lingerie is not morally sound. "I didn't really want to be that kind of role model for younger girls because I had a lot of younger Christian girls that were looking up to me and and then thinking it was okay for them to walk around and show their bodies in lingerie to guys." She continued, "I just wanted to keep my marriage sacred because divorce rates now in America are pretty high, and I just want to do everything I can to keep my marriage special."
Kylie followed her moral compass, just as Metaxes did, and just as Bonhoeffer did. And she took a stand -- and no matter how small or trivial it may seem in the scope of world events, she is standing tall and proudly proclaiming that how we each live our lives does make a difference. We don't need to "follow the crowd", or give in to the "nudges" to abandon our ethical boundaries. As the old country song asserts, "We must stand for something, or we will fall for anything." As Americans, we are approaching the precipice....will we slide down that slippery slope?.....or will we climb to a higher moral ground? It's time to make your choice.
Jeremiah 2:21 "I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?"