Synopses & Reviews
Years ago, a cartoon appeared in a Russian newspaper picturing a fork in the road. One path was labeled freedom; the other path was labeled sausage. As we might guess, the path to freedom had few takers; the path to sausage was crowded with footprints. When given a choice people will choose bread and sausage above the free market and individual liberties. The promise of bread gets votes, even if the bread is at the expense of freedom. The people of Nazi Germany weren't any more barbaric, uncivilized, or depraved than any other Western nation of the early Twentieth Century, yet the Nazi regime will forever serve as an example of brutality and extreme racism run amok. What led so many people to such extreme ends?
According to Dr. Lutzer, the German people's progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary, and more than a few benchmarks from their transition can be observed in present day American society (Do any of these sound familiar?): The Church is silenced, the economy is king, the lawmakers determine behaviors, the media controls beliefs, the Gospel and nationalism become inextricably tied to each other, and yet, heroes still have power.
This short, manageable book does not suggest the United States is definitely marching toward authoritarian oblivion, but that we - especially we believers - must be vigilant in our stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.
We must take note of these lessons from history. The parallels are real, but the conclusion is not a foregone one.
Lutzer draws parallels between the German people's progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary during the early 20th century and more than a few benchmarks from their transition that can be observed in present-day American society. He asserts that believers must be vigilant in the stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.
This excellent book is so important. It clearly and powerfully explains what the parallels are between Germany's fall from grace and the beginning of our own fall. - Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
In When A Nation Forgets God, Erwin Lutzer studies seven similarities between Nazi Germany and America today—some of them chilling—and cautions us to respond accordingly. Engaging, well-researched, and easy to understand, Lutzer’s writing is that of a realist, one alarmed but unafraid. Amidst describing the messes of our nation’s government, economy, legal pitfalls, propaganda, and more, Lutzer points to the God who always has a plan.
At the beginning of the twentieth Century, Nazi Germany didn’t look like a country on the brink of world-shaking terrors. It looked like America today. When a Nation Forgets God uses history to warn us of a future that none of us wants to see. It urges us to be ordinary heroes who speak up and take action.
About the Author
DR. ERWIN LUTZER Since 1980, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer has served as Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, where he provides leadership to Chicago pastors. A renowned theologian, Dr. Lutzer earned his B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from Simon Greenleaf School of Law.He is the featured speaker on three radio programs including the Sunday morning worship service, "Moody Church Hour"; the popular evening program "Songs in the Night"; as well as the daily broadcast "Running to Win." These programs are heard on more than 700 radio stations in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: The King Is Coming, One Minute After You Die, When a Nation Forgets God, When You've Been Wronged, Christ Among Other gods, Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know, and Hitler's Cross, which received the Christian Bookseller's Gold Medallion Award. His speaking engagements outside the pulpit of The Moody Church include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Table of Contents
1. When God is Separated from Government
2. It is Always the Economy
3. Our Laws Reflect our God
4. Propaganda (i.e. the Media) has Power
5. Parents are Responsible for the Education of their Children
6. Ordinary Heroes can Make a Difference
7. Why the Cross can do what Politics can't