Last week I wrote a series for Bound4LIFE on abortion’s financial industry and its connections to the holocaust, which took me back a decade. In 2000 I wrote my master’s thesis, which happened to be on children’s literature, using the novels Number the Stars and The Giver. The former is a beautiful story set in the Danish resistance in the Holocaust, the is latter a futuristic tale where society neutralizes everyone, getting rid of anything deemed inferior for the sake of the larger community. The title of my thesis was Hurtling Forward into the Past. The point I asserted was that if we continued in our present culture we would literally march forward into the past by creating a society in which we had a new and bigger holocaust because it would no longer be limited to only one people group.
Writing that thesis occurred in the same season as my revelation of real Christianity as it crashed against secular humanism in academia. Graduate school gave me a master’s degree, but it felt more like it was in theology than English. I was challenged, and I found my faith in my secular university. Writing that thesis taught me what I live by now; you have to know what you believe and why you believe it before it is challenged, or it won’t survive. The family in the Holocaust novel already has that firm foundation and they do not hesitate to join the resistance movement. In the futuristic novel, the community has been desensitized by accepting things without challenge. No one can remember back to the time when people thought and acted freely. They have become a non-thinking people, subject to the control of very nice but inwardly wicked rulers.