Ghandi said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
Two thousand years ago, Christians living in Rome would nightly go out to the town garbage dump and into the woods surrounding the city, to rescue children who had been abandoned and left to die by their parents. Literally tens of thousands of children had been saved over the next three centuries.
Shortly before the beginning of World War 2, Nicholas Winton, made aware of the Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe, began an underground railroad to save the lives of Jewish children. Winton bribed, tricked, forged, and did whatever was necessary to get children safely to Great Britain. By the time Winton was done he had saved the lives of 669 children.
Yet two thousand years after those early Christians and eighty years after Nick Winton, this nation has so devalued human life that two states have passed laws allowing children to be killed during birth and a third is proposing a law which says that a child born may be left to die if the mother decides she does not want the baby. Those who wrote and supported those laws and those who stand idly by and do nothing are morally bankrupt.
It is God alone who is the author of life. It is God alone who said, “BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN THE WOMB I KNEW YOU, AND BEFORE YOU WERE BORN I CONSECRATED YOU.” Now we have men and women who believe they are greater than God. Evil men and women who want to treat the weakest in our nation like a piece of garbage.
If one looks back at history, we can see where unchecked evil takes us.
When churches in the south refused to condemn slavery, slavery flourished. When churches in Germany refused to condemn Nazi tyranny, twelve million people died in places like Auschwitz.
And if we, as the church remain silent now, if we refuse to speak out against such evil, then we are doing nothing more than aiding and abetting that evil.
Edmund Burke said, “All that is required for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.” Dante said, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in the time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”
Fifty, one hundred, a thousand years from now - we, too, will be judged by how we treated the weakest members. What will be the verdict?