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Saturday, August 29, 2015

John Rhys-Davis: Thou shalt sometimes judge

John Rhys-Davis   (Photo by Gage Skidmore) 
John Rhys-Davis, the actor who played Gimli in Lord of the Rings, recently emphasized that we are in danger of losing “Western European Christian civilization.”

He attributes this to "political correctness,” which has resulted in “an extraordinary silence in the West” concerning “Islamic extremism.”

Citing numerous instances of beheadings and other brutal acts, Rhys-Davis points out that “people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians.”

He says that because Westerners “don’t want to be judgmental,” they go to the other extreme of remaining silent about such atrocities.

It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who famously said:  Silence in the face of evil is itself evil:  God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.

Is criticizing evil the same as being judgmental?  Rhys-Davis responds with this thought:  I like that kind of judging.  It’s evolved!


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