“The Importance of Le Chambon”
Are we “to be our brother’s keeper?” that is a question of moral responsibility. The people of Le Chambon believed it was their duty as Christians to reach out and protect those in need. They risked their lives, and the lives of their children to help. In today’s society, is it our obligation to be responsible for others?
In a world that is filled with such things as hate, war, terrorists, genocide, starvation, etc., goodness can be challenging. I believe that all too often we think of being good as a list of things we mustn’t do, but to be our brother’s keeper goes above and beyond that concept. It means, as the Bible says, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” I believe “neighbor” means all human beings. The people of Le Chambon believed that too, they carried out both the positive and negative moral injunctions. Most people will never have to face the same challenges as the people of Le Chambon, but still, it’s a core part of what it means to be morally responsible.
Pastor Trocme’ said to the people of Le Chambon, “Don’t give up your consciences to participate in hatred, betrayal and murder.” The people of Le Chambon didn’t discriminate against Jews, they only saw them as people just as they were. They did what was morally the righteous thing to do.
President Obama said in his speech, “…..No one is born a savior or a murderer. These are choices we each have to make. They teach us that no one can make us into bystanders without our consent.” A bystander, as defined in the dictionary is: one present but not taking part in a situation or event. President Obama is asking us to take part, to open our eyes and see what is happening around us and stand up against evil. I think the individual belief that there is nothing we can do hinders us as individuals to open our eyes to the evil that is happening, but if each and every one of us banded together as a whole we could make a difference. Elie Wiesel wrote, “What...