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Facades of relativism melt away in view of good vs. evil

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 12:01 am

Sometimes I can’t believe this battle exists.

Perhaps it was the book I’d devoured in nearly one sitting over Christmas — Nicholas Winton’s “Lottery of Life” — chronicling the rescue of 669 children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia by Winton on the eve of World War II.

Perhaps it was the engrossing film given to me — “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” — portraying the Nazi interrogation and execution of the 21-year-old Christian after her distribution of anti-Nazi propaganda in Germany as part of The White Rose (a nonviolent, intellectual resistance group in Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor).

More likely, it was both; when I returned to the office after taking a few days off for Christmas, something in these true stories of exceptional individuals continued not only to haunt but also to baffle me.

What I find hard to comprehend is not necessarily what Nicholas, Sophie and others have done throughout history. Their acts are indeed striking and a bold challenge to each of us. But what I don’t understand is the celebration of these heroes by post-Christian societies in love with moral relativism.

My favorite scene in “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” shows the young woman and her interrogator both with the gloves off — seated on opposite sides of an ornate desk debating mere ideas in a back-and-forth with all of the thrill of hand-to-hand combat. At one point Sophie says, “You have the wrong worldview. Not me.”

I wanted to pause the movie and shout, “Is anyone listening to this?” Of course, it was just my wife Aubrie, Summer (Aubrie’s sister) and me — and we were all riveted. But this is a film produced less than 10 years ago in Germany. Phrases such as “wrong worldview” generally are not permitted in such a milieu of moral relativism — in which everyone’s worldview is equally valid. But, as the relativist knows, when you look at a stark picture of good versus evil, such facades of relativism melt away as we instinctively fall back upon God’s moral law.

These were the ideas circulating in my mind as I returned to the office and began editing the video we would broadcast at the National March for Life — a video of children brutalized beyond recognition. And again I wondered: Will our culture admit the truth now, or will they continue to guard this godless practice only to admit in hindsight, like Germany did for Sophie, that what they seek in futility to defend is an abhorrent action that is not merely personally offensive — it is objectively immoral?.

Seth Drayer, a native of Fort Wayne, is director of training for Created Equal, a social action movement based in Columbus, Ohio, dedicated to ending abortion (