Saturday, August 8, 2009

Deciding What Is Right

Christian innovation is not limited to developing the new to replace that which already exists. It also means deciding for and supporting that which is important and should never change. Albert Einstein, one of the most remarkable people in world history, was exiled from Nazi Germany because he was a Jew. He said the following:

“Being a lover of freedom, when the Nazi revolution came I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love for freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”

In this period of moral and ethical ambiguity, what does the Church stand for today?

Dr. Gary Oster
Regent University
School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship


Innovation, Einstein, Nazi Germany, doctrine, faithfulness


Cochrane, A. (1962). The Church’s Confession Under Hitler. Philadelphia: Westminster.