The Difference a Stand Makes
The hall resounded with the voices of politicians and church leaders singing Amazing Grace. Eric Metaxas closed his speech before the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012 with the formidable hymn as he spoke with confident eloquence calling for action and resolve against dehumanizing policies that are being implemented in the United States. His speech no doubt left him with a dry mouth, noting President Obama to his right and Nancy Pelosi to his left as he spoke against many of the actions they have taken politically to dehumanize the unborn and diminish the leadership voice of the church regarding social issues.
Metaxas is a world renown author, noting his timeless biography Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy recently translated into Mandarin Chinese. His newest piece documents the life of seven men; George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson, and identifies Biblical characteristics they embodied throughout their life despite hardships and persecution. His work to identify these brave men echos a quote from his piece on Bonhoeffer:
"There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe. Peace is the opposite of security. To demand guarantees is to want to protect oneself. Peace means giving oneself completely to God's commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes. Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God. They are won when the way leads to the cross."
The conviction of champions of the faith throughout history are being taught and instilled into the hearts of the students at Hillcrest. These testimonies are called on, highlighting the work of Christ on the cross, to steer students to live a life of significance.