Pastor Mark’s Blog

 

“Spoke In the Wheel”

 

            It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who – early in his ministry and prior to World War II – would advocate for the Church to be a “spoke in the wheel” of an oppressive government and social decay that was running over the innocent and treading down the weak and oppressed in Germany. He said, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”  Simply, the Church has a role to play prophetically in speaking to those issues which are overturning values of Christian, Biblical truth and righteousness that are foundational for a stable, God-fearing society. In his day it was National Socialism and the Nazi’s that would grind under their wheel the Jews and other minorities.  In our day it is a form of neo-Marxism among cultural and political elites that promotes its goals of moral and cultural superiority in the guises of progressivism, “woke”, cancel culture, and unbounded tolerance in the name of equality and equity – except as it applies to traditional, conservative voices of the Christian ilk.   

            The Church is to be the constant voice throughout history declaring, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” – and this is clearly set forth in His eternal manifesto we call the Holy Scriptures.  This manifesto of God’s written truth clearly stands juxtaposed to the present-day spirit of openness and “live and let live.”  The true Church with its directives from the Lord and King Jesus Christ, must unequivocally oppose abortion and the destruction of the innocent life in the womb from conception, while offering compassionate and material assistance to every woman who finds herself in crisis with an untimely pregnancy (Jeremiah 1:5). The true church with its clear directives from the Holy Scriptures must oppose the harmful sexualization and grooming of our children and youth under the guises of transgenderism and LGBTQ+. These “woke” ideologues stand contrary to God’s creation fiat of man and woman created by Him for the purpose of portraying His image and purposes for holy union, procreation, family, and the welfare of society in general (Genesis 1:26-2:25; Romans 1). These sexual perversions are nothing less than distortions of the Creator’s intent and His creation (I Thess. 4:3-8). Such perversions are idolatry by definition (Romans 1:18-20). The Church with its multiple directives in the Scriptures must cry out for justice, righteousness, and rule of law to pervade our courts and system of jurisprudence.  The Church is to be a “spoke in the wheel” and unashamedly and courageously declare the will and Word of God for the good of society and the individual.    

            Sadly, Bonhoeffer would declare to his fiancée Maria von Wedemeyer in 1945, just months before his execution by Hitler, these sobering words.  “I fear that Christians who venture to stand on earth on only one leg are standing in heaven on only one leg, too.  We have been otherworldly ever since we discovered the devious trick of being religious, even ‘Christian’, at the expense of the Earth.”  He will go on to decry the Church of his day “leaping into the air and soaring to heaven” relieved from persecution as it chooses to be silent and soars into thoughts of the eternal realm that awaits them.  He says poignantly, “Otherworldliness makes it easy to preach and speak words of comfort.  And such an otherworldly church will in time attract the weak and all of those who are glad to be deluded and put to sleep, not realizing they are disloyal children of the Earth.” 

            The role of the Church today, as long as we remain here and await His coming, is to stand on both feet in this world and stand for the eternal Truth of God’s Word and God’s will for His creation.  As God’s “spoke in the wheel” for this day and place, let us as God’s Church be compassionately clear that our Lord opposes the anti-God, anti-life philosophies and so-called progressive and “woke” ideas that are corrupting and destroying our nation – “for such a time as this.”