It's undeniably evident to anyone who is keeping up with current culture: drag queens are reading gay-friendly books to little children in public libraries; surgeons are removing health body parts from confused young teens and prescribing drugs that cause irreversible damage; the government is shutting down churches and mandating harmful injections in the name of public health; and Christian business owners are being forced to close their shops if they refuse to violate their religious beliefs.
During an interview Tuesday (October 25) on American Family Radio, author Eric Metaxas lamented that the American Church, for the most part, is silent – and not wanting to be political.
"Where we are now in America is because of the silence of the American Church on all of these issues that we ought to be shouting about," said Metaxas. "And it parallels precisely the silence of the German Church in the 1930s."
In his bestselling biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas reveals the similarities he sees between the American Church now and the German Church almost 100 years ago, which saw the rise of Hitler and the growing persecution of the Jews.
"[But] they just thought, Oh well, we're just the church. We want to stay in our lane, we just wanna preach the gospel, we don't want to get political. They kept their mouth shut when God was asking them to speak and to be bold and to live out their faith boldly. They were silent," he recounted. "And once they woke up, it was too late."
Metaxas fears the same thing is happening now, as government gets more authoritarian, less godly, and weaponized against the church.
"There are tons of pastors and Christian leaders who are being silent on a raft of horrible things that are happening. They should be screaming from the rooftops," he exclaimed. "We have gone over into anti-American cultural Marxism. It's the enemy of liberty; it's the enemy of the Church. If you don't speak up, God will hold you accountable."
In his recently released "Letter to the American Church," Metaxas argues that God calls believers to "defend the unborn, confront the lies of cultural Marxism, and battle the globalist tyranny that crushes human freedom." But to do that, he says the Church must overcome fear and enter the fray, armed with the spiritual weapons of prayer, self-sacrifice, and love.
Listen to the interview with author Eric Metaxas on American Family Radio