5 Stars Out Of 5
December 10, 2011
Doreen renewing strength
Prisoner of Conscience - Frank R. Wolf
I reviewed this book as part of Zondervan's book reviewing agreement whereby I receive free books for a published review.
This Congressman, Frank Wolf, is one amazing man. He has been in the U.S. Congress for over thirty years and has been a strong advocate for human rights worldwide. His travels and contacts have allowed him to see many things we would not ordinarily want to know about. He been to places such as Romania, Bejiing, Ecuador, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia and viewed prison camps dating back to 1989. Tiananmen Square was an effort by students to demand economic and democratic reforms, those students are still imprisoned and treated quite poorly. After each return to the United States he would gather enough support to put pressure on other governments to treat these prisoners with dignity and respect.
I found this book interesting but very disturbing. I struggle to understand how one human being can treat another human being so very poorly but then I remember that without a God conscience, I could do anything myself.
Mr. Wolf points out, "Some people have fallen into the postmodern belief that there's no such thing as good or bad, no difference between vice and virtue, no transcendent standards of right and wrong. If you've been to the places I've been, you wouldn't fall for that nonsense. Who could look into the eyes of a gang rape victim in Darfur, or of a young Thai girl who's been sold to a brothel, and tell her there's no such thing as right or wrong, good or evil? She knows better.
And so we need to seek a spiritual renaissance as well as an economic one, teaching our children that ultimate truth comes from God, passed on through the Judeo-Christian tradition. We must ground our children in moral truth, teaching them good or evil both exist and of the consequences of embracing one or the other.
The alternative to doing this is frightening. If we do everything the experts recommend to save our country-if we reduce debt, improve teaching, and increase the number of college graduates with degrees in science, engineering and technology-but do not provide our children and grandchildren with moral truth, we may end up in a worse place that we are now. We will have a nation of highly educated citizens indifferent to morality-which is exactly where Germany found herself in the 1930's."