Thursday, June 2, 2016

AuschwitzOn March 21, 1944 The Associated Press reported that “more than 500,000 persons, mostly Jews, had been put to death at a concentration camp” at Auschwitz.  America knew of the exterminations!  The four gas chambers could have been knocked out by US bombers with little loss of life because prisoners were not housed nearby.  At that time the Nazis would not have been capable of restoring those facilities.  One thousand or more lives could have been saved.  Yet, in spite of this knowledge, nothing was done.  The information entered the ears, but failed to reach the heart!

History is repeating itself!  Instead of Jews being the object of torture, mutilation, and death, it is now thousands upon thousands of Christians!  Do we know of these atrocities?  Yes.  It has spilled into our living rooms, inked our news papers and magazines, and overflowed our junk email boxes!!  Yet, even here  in America we shrug our shoulders.  We are too busy sending one another trivial texts that are forgotten before night fall.  We have fallen into the shallow thinking of German citizens under Nazi control from 1939 to 1945.  We salve our consciences with, “It’s not our problem,” or “We can’t do anything about it,” or “They must have offended the Muslims,” or “That’s so far away, it will never happen here.”

Ignorance, mixed with indulged blindness, resides with the gullible and proud!  Prior to WWII, some claimed the Japanese were too small of stature to fly airplanes!  Pearl Harbor sunk that bigoted pride.  Today government officials and news media inform us that the Muslim terrorists, who murdered Robert Kennedy in 1968, bombed the Lebanon Marine barracks in 1983, blew out the side of the USS Cole in 2000, took out the World Trade Center in 2001, murdered and maimed Bostonians in 2013, and the numerous attacks over the past 50 years are not the face of Islam.

We wring our hands when they should be clasped in prayer.  We turn to our politicians rather than God.  Our faith is in weapons not the arm of the Lord.  We fear man instead of revering our Heavenly Father.  We appease those who hate us, rather than respect the God who loves us.  We trust man for peace and blame God for our wars.  We want our “things” because we “deserve them.”  Our woes come from our own wishes!

Jesus calls out,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30).

Mankind replies, “Get lost!”

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  (John 1:11-13).

And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation.’  So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. . . .  And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”  (Acts 2:40-41, 47).