Day: March 20, 2022

First They Came

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
 Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
 Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
 Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Post-war Confessional, Rev. Martin Niemöller

Watching the world respond to Russia with quiet acquiescence has been nearly as horrifying as watching the events themselves unfold. Our lines in the sand have always been drawn exclusively around our country club. Instead of action, we offer compliance to a deranged man’s orders to stay, as if his obedient dog. Through our inaction, the world has professed that human life in Ukraine is not equal to human life elsewhere. The words “never again” were, in an instant, exchanged for a simple “meh”.

I am in disbelief. It has been sobering to watch the world refuse to stand up to evil, to instead allow the innocent to continue to be murdered, solely because they don’t serve American or European interests. Even American businesses – one by one leave, yet are too scared to use their remaining influence or capabilities to become a much needed megaphone inside Russia, still afraid to defy Russian law even though Russia has become lawless herself. The time for compliance is quite over. Bridges must be burned, and the leaders on them.

Will we really stand idly by while this country’s fresh embrace with democracy is snuffed out by a warmonger? How humiliated we should be to stand by and watch the innocent be helplessly murdered at the pleasure of such a tiny little man. America, the home of the brave, unwilling to hear the screams for help of those who don’t serve our interests. Where is this bravery we speak of? Has our own freedom been of any significance if we won’t rescue the oppressed? Instead, we choose to sacrifice their lives to preserve our own. Such bravery.

If we are not willing to take up the cause of the innocent, we’ve lost far more than we stand to risk by answering the call. Our identity as a people hinges on our willingness to sacrifice for those in need. God and history will judge us one day for these sins.

Our ancestors swore never again. We’ve let them down immeasurably. The brave courage of former generations puts us to shame. Freedom is no longer worth fighting for, unless it interferes with our own Twitter posts. We’ve become desensitized to oppression, and in the process become prisoners of a different kind.

 


Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:16-17

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