The Holocaust was Legal…
by Grant DiCianni
Many of you have seen the features we have done on Ray Comfort’s video 180. I was privileged to view a pre-release copy months before its debut and it has been instrumental in our work with the Before I Formed You Foundation where we feature the same powerful prolife message through Ron DiCianni’s Before I Formed You in the Womb painting. Despite all that time, one part of this video has gnawed on me until today.
Ray Comfort uses the Holocaust as a way to look at the wholesale slaughter of babies that we call “choice” here in America.
Despite a degree in History, despite years of studying WWII, despite more Jewish friends than I could count, I always assumed that the Holocaust was wrong because it was illegal. That after the Holocaust the United States stepped in and forced the Nazis to account for their “crimes”. Surely here in America if the government went on a multi-year killing spree eventually they would be called to account for breaking the law once order was restored. Right?
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But 180 pointed out something I had never known. There was nothing “illegal” about the Holocaust. In fact Hitler, the legally elected, duly constituted executive authority in Germany had, through proper channels, crafted laws to deprive the Jews (and other peoples) of their rights, their property and then their lives. All the Holocaust was, in the eyes of the German law, was mere implementation of those laws writ large.
However, all of us outside of the rulers of the Nazi party look at the events of Holocaust, the over 6 million slaughtered Jews, the atrocities & persecutions, with utter horror. Because despite the fact that something may be technically legal, there is a higher law that determines if something is right.
The actions of the Nazi’s were technically and ostensibly legal but they were morally reprehensible. And they were unquestionably wrong.
Which brings us to a consideration of things like abortion and homosexuality and prostitution and so many of the “sins” which Scripture decries but that man has regulated as “legal”. Let me be clear, just because something may be legal, does not make it right.
Consider Prostitution. It is outlawed in many states but legal in select locations of Nevada. Is it that as soon as you cross a pre-determined line, paying for sex somehow becomes right because it is legal? Or is it that man has so far perverted God’s intent that they have placed themselves, rather than Him as the arbiter of Good and Evil, Right and Wrong?
In this country, we slaughter millions of babies direct from the womb. Had those children been allowed to be born, we would have called them “people” and defended them with our lives. But because those same beings, with the same DNA, the same organs, hands, feet, lungs, heart, brain and skin as you or I, exist in a place of water and fluid rather than solid terra firma, we call them “tissue” and allow them to be discarded on a whim. If I were to walk up to a 3 month old at the request of the mother and jam a scalpel into his brainstem I would be immediately arrested for murder. But if I had done so just a few months earlier, and had the correct training, that same act would be legal. All because of a ridiculous stack of paper known as Roe v. Wade that made unborn children “non-human” and nothing more than fodder for a multi-billion dollar abortion industry.
How is that any different than what the Nazi’s did in WWII Germany? They passed laws that said Jews were non-human and could be exterminated. Fodder for a multi-billion dollar war machine.
Of course, it’s the mother’s choice here in America. Well it was the government’s choice back in Nazi Germany. Neither the murdered unborn nor the murdered Jews had a say in the decision, they were simply the victims of another’s choice.
Abortion is not right simply because it’s legal.
(and as a side note, if you want to do something to change peoples heart’s about the unborn, we have a Foundation doing just that: The Before I Formed You Foundation
The same goes for homosexuality. The fact that it is no longer criminal will never make it right. The Bible clearly says that “Neither the sexually immoral… nor homosexual offenders… will inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
Similarly, with abortion, the Bible decrees that any man who touches a woman in a way that causes her to miscarry is guilty of a punishable offense (Exodus 21:22-23).
For prostitution, the Bible calls those who engage in it to be “detestable” (Deuteronomy 23:18).
The wondrous thing about Jesus Christ’s sacrifice however is that those who have been saved through His death and justified through His resurrection, the Bible tell us, no longer “wallow” in their past sins and sinful way of life; they have been redeemed by His sacrifice.
We could go on and list a myriad of sins that are “legal”. It’s not the legality or illegality of an act that makes something Right or Wrong. That was where the moral authority for the Nuremberg trials came from for “crimes against humanity” after WWII. What was the basis for those charges? A higher moral law. And there is no higher authority than God.
Abortion is not Right simply because it’s legal. Homosexuality is not Right simply because it’s legal. Sin is not Right, simply because it is legal. Any more than the Holocaust was right, simply because it was legal.
To learn more about 180, visit http://www.heartchanger.com/. You can also re-post the entire movie anywhere. We’ve posted it for you above. Be sure to share with everyone you know.
And be sure to checkout the painting that was partly inspired by 180… Before I Formed You In the Womb by Ron DiCianni