Refusing to Just Sing Louder

In his book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, Andy Andrews shares a story from a church attender who lived in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.  Here is a portion of that story:

“We heard stories of what was happening to the Jews, but we tried to distance ourselves from it, because we felt, what could anyone do to stop it?  Each Sunday morning we would hear the train whistle blowing in the distance, then the wheels coming over the tracks.  We became disturbed when we heard cries coming from the train as it passed by.  We realized that it was carrying Jews like cattle in the cars! ……………………………….. We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow we began singing hymns.  By the time the train came past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices.  If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more.”

Before I continue, I want to make sure you hear that in no way am I comparing the evil of the Holocaust to the evils we face today.  The only comparison I make is that we too face evil in our culture, and we must respond with something more than just “singing louder”.

Edmund Burke lived in the 18th century and was an Irish political philosopher.  His quote seems fitting to me.  He said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

There are many evils we face in our culture, and I believe God has called us to confront them.  What is the role that God has called you to in confronting the evil that seems to triumph?

God has called me and my family to confront the evil of internet pornography, sexting and other kinds of sexual sin.  Like the church in Nazi Germany, I am disturbed by all the evil that is happening around me.  I am not content to just sing hymns more loudly.  We must confront evil!

Let’s take internet porn and sexting for example. (Maybe you don’t know what sexting is.  Sexting is when one sends nude or semi-nude pictures of oneself to someone else via a text message.)

According to

  • There have been almost 1 billion searches for pornography since the start of 2014.
  • The porn industry generates $13 billion dollars each year in the United States.
  • 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to porn.
  • 90% of boys have been exposed to porn before age 18.
  • 60% of girls have been exposed to porn before age 18.
  • 30% of 17 year olds have sent a sext.
  • 19% of 18-24 year olds have sent a sext.

These statistics are alarming!  What is my point?  My point is simple: God has called me and my family to confront how this evil has penetrated American culture, and even worse, the American church.

What evil does God want you to confront?  Maybe God wants you to help confront internet porn and sexting.  You might ask, “How would I go about doing that?”.

  • Maybe you contact your church or church leaders and ask them to address this evil.
  • Maybe you contact your child’s school or school leadership and ask how they are addressing this significant issue on their campus.
  • Maybe you email this blog to everyone in your contact list.
  • Maybe you send out a tweet about or post about on facebook.
  • Maybe you decide to get a group of friends together and pray and fast over this issue, as well as other issues of evil that our culture is facing.

I don’t know what God is calling you to do, but I know this.  God is not calling us to just sing louder, and He is certainly not calling us to do nothing.  We must do something, and the something we must do is stand for God, His Kingdom and His righteousness!



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