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'The Jews of our time'

"'The Jews of our time'" Continued...

Issue: "The schools that Arne built," April 11, 2009

Q: And what really happened?

Let me tell you the glory of your faith: As Pope Lenin, with all the power at his command, he could have killed 20,000 people. As Commissar Lenin he easily killed 60 million people. There's something in that faith that inhibits us. It doesn't turn us perfect, but it makes us better, and it makes the world a better place.

Q: How can Christians involved in politics make the world a better place?

Take a look at what William Wilberforce did. His lessons: Be very attentive to defining yourself and not letting others define you. Understand that politics is seductive and corruptive. Understand that "us against them" and demonization of the other side is not very Christian-and won't succeed. And don't simply say, "I care about these issues" and sign letters, because that doesn't count.

Q: What should young Christians guard against?

Going into the enclave. People who have come to their Christianity later on in their lives, they can deal with the real world and hold on to their faith. They really have a core faith that they've earned that nothing is going to stop. Young people's faith is much more fragile because it hasn't come under challenge, because they've just lived it and been brought up that way.

Q: You see lots of problems with the religious right . . .

An aspect that's really insidious-and it's true of both left and right politics in America-is direct mail. Groups get their money by sending out these letters. You can raise a lot of money by saying, "The baby killers are at the gates. Please, they're going to take over the world, send me a check for $25." . . . It works for the other side, also: They're saying, "These Christians want to put you all in concentration camps . . . send me $20." These forces are out there splitting us apart.

Q: How would you handle an issue like abortion?

Take a pro-choice doctor who stays up until 1 o'clock in the morning reading the New England Journal of Medicine so she can help her patients-is she just a "baby killer"? And yet that's the type of rhetoric that comes out. Why don't you go to that person and say, "Listen, I care deeply about this issue because as a Christian I care about vulnerable human beings. And it makes me sad that you don't share my view that a fetus is a vulnerable human being. But please let me tell you something, I care about the abortion issue for the same reason that I'm against the trafficking of women-the slavery issue of our time-or prison rape, or AIDS in Africa. See it in those terms. Maybe you don't agree with me, but let's keep talking about it.'"

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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