The Spiral Of Silence


Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and He sees you.
— Psalm 24:11-12

“A major insight into human behavior . . . is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the ‘Spiral of Silence.'”*

Nowhere was this practiced more than in Nazi Germany. The “Spiral of Silence” led to the Holocaust mostly because the church refused to speak up. Pro-Life author, artist and musician Penny Lea relates this story of an encounter with an elderly man who came forward for prayer at one of her meetings and later shared with her his memory of being a young Christian during the Holocaust:

“I was a young man living in Germany during the Holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended a little church with my family from the time I was a small boy. We all heard about the atrocities that were happening not far from us in Auschwitz, but it was too difficult to comprehend. What could we do anyway?

There was a train track behind the church, and week after week we would hear the sound of the whistle and the clacking of the wheels as the train passed. It never bothered us. We grew accustomed to it. One morning we heard noise coming from the train. It was the sound of wailing and moaning. We were shocked when we realized that there were people in those box cars! They were being led away to death.”

The dear old man began to weep. I stood there in shock as tears rolled down my face.

“Week after week that train whistle blew, and we heard the sound of those poor Jews crying out. It was so disturbing that we devised a plan. We moved up our song service, so that when the train passed we would be singing. We sang as loud as we could to drown out the cries. If per chance we still heard them, we just sang a little louder.”

I stood there horrified. I felt anger as he spoke, and yet I was flooded with compassion as he wept. People in the church looked at us curiously as we sank to the floor embracing one another. His story continued:

“Years have passed, and no one talks about it much anymore, but I still hear the sound of that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God forgive me! God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing to intervene. Tonight I came here and heard your cry. You wept over the millions of babies who have died right here in America. It’s happening all over again! May God forgive America for drowning out the screams of dying children. May God forgive the Church for allowing this holocaust to take place in beautiful America.”

In the U.S., there are over 3,000 abortions performed every day. There have been 62 million abortions since Roe v. Wade was enacted in 1973. Progressives and liberals are passing state laws to allow late-term abortions even after a baby is born alive. Our state of New Mexico is the late-term abortion capital of the world and our governor and her sycophants did a victory dance when a bill to protect and allow these abortions passed in this year’s legislature. So, what’s our response, saints? Will we stand up with one unified loud voice and speak up for those who have no voice or will we just, “Sing a little louder?”

I will not remain silent. How about you? Maranatha!


*Noelle-Neumann, E. (1974). “The Spiral of Silence—A Theory of Public Opinion.”

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