Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eric Metaxas at the National Prayer Breakfast 2012

The Doo Doo Economics Blog focuses on uncovering facts. The facts pursued here focus on our economy, the politics that surround the economy and laws that effect it. Occasionally, something powerful comes along that speaks to the underlying freedom and values of our society but is outside the normal fare. The following speech by Eric Metaxas is such a moment.

In front of President Obama, Mr. Metaxas underscores key concepts and examples from modern history. He explains the concepts of "turn the other cheek" and "love thy enemies." Eric provides insight into the lives of brave people who changed the world. He uses humor and excellent presentation to make his case for God. Mr. Metaxas then puts his words into action and makes several humorous attempts to reach Barack Obama.

Barack Obama and the left are focused upon depopulation, putting the Earth First, centralized authority and other pro-dependence and anti-individualistic ideologies. It is obvious that the American left hates the people on the right. Regardless, Metaxas refuses to surrender his political opponents to the darkness and provides a disarming example of loving thy enemies. Mr. Metaxas makes every humorous attempt to give President Obama his books. These books, featured on Glenn Beck, underscore the unique individual value of each human being.

This is a speech that reached me. It reminds me of the importance of "turning the other cheek" and "loving thy enemies." It is an example of reaching out to those with whom you disagree.

The speech comes from the perspective of an individual relationship to God. Those who are more tied to a more traditional religious persuasion may be distracted from the message. Regardless of religious persuasion, the presentation and message of this speech are exemplary.

Eric Metaxas is the author of Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy which was named “Book of the Year” by the ECPA. A New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer also won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award in the Non-fiction category.  Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year” lists and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper’s, Kirkus (starred review), NPR, FoxNews, C-SPAN’s Book TV, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, and First Things.

In 2011, Metaxas was the recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom.  Previous medalists include Archbishop Charles Chaput, Mitt Romney, and Elie Wiesel.

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