Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

Walking among the starvation cells and gas chambers where more than a million souls perished, it is hard to explain to my 12-year-old son how the free world allowed this happen. Why did the world’s democracies not stop the Nazi movement in its infancy — before it indoctrinated millions with its hateful ideology, took control of a great power, built its military might, invaded foreign lands and constructed death camps like the one here at Auschwitz?
The depressing answer is: for the same reason that the world’s democracies have done almost nothing to stop the rise of the Islamic State.
It is difficult to describe the feeling of spending a day at Auschwitz and then watching the images emanating from the Middle East, where the Islamic State is carrying out acts of unspeakable barbarism — beheading unbelievers; sticking decapitated heads on posts; burying women and children alive; randomly shooting pedestrians and motorists; even crucifying — yes, crucifying — its opponents.

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7 thoughts on “Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

  1. History repeats itself! WW1 and 2, Korea, Vietnam, etc., etc. Not to mention all of the Cold War atrocities! But surely the hatred of the Jews and Modern Israel is an Evil-darkness that still prevails, and will finally end only with the literal Second Coming of Christ Himself, to deliver His elect-people “Israel” in their land! (Zech. 14) And when the Christian Community looses their love for the People of the Jewish Messiah-Jesus/Yeshua, then they are surely apostate! One thinks of the great European and long history of lapse here, again even hatred for the Jew and now Modern Israel! And btw, perhaps there really is a Jewish aspect to judgment in Matt. 25: 31-46? The Lord’s return will fully test and judge the Gentile Nations, Joel 3: 11-16!

    1. I can’t help but think how different it would have been for the Peoples of Israel if they had known the time of their Visitation – would have believed and received–the “Jewish Messiah-Jesus/Yeshua”; how different indeed would be their history from that time on and how they would have ‘Gloried in that Light’!
      “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I have longed to gather you in, as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings”!

      1. Yes surely from just a human standpoint the Nation of Israel should have “gloried” in their own Messiah as historical Jews! But such was not the overall sovereign will & purpose of God! And we Gentiles can be thankful here also. St. Paul presents this whole mystery in Romans chapters 9 thru 11. Such great and grand chapters of God’s revelation here! Btw, Romans 9-11 are an introversion and division to the whole of the Romans Lettter, and is only understood within both God’s Sovereign Purpose, and His dispensational economy, and this economy is the history of humanity! And it is here too that “Adam”, as a collective figure, stands for the human race, which stems from him: as the Federal Head; and even here we see “Christ Jesus” as the Redemptive Head! (1 Cor. 15: 22, etc.)

        *I find it strange too myself, that generally speaking the Reformers and the Reformation, missed this “dispensational” mystery, as to Israel and the Gentiles, (Note Romans 1: 16…”to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.” And made the Church “alone” the New Israel, which is actually the position of both Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. We call this in theology: “Supersessionism”! It is a great error in my opinion! (1 Cor. 10: 32)

      2. and so it is that “no one can boast save in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ”! – therein lies alone the ‘Power and the Glory’! In our Baptism we ‘die with Christ’ so that we may ‘Live with Him’; BUT, in being IN the world and not OF the world–we fail miserably!

      3. I agree that we of “Ourselves” failure miserably! (Romans 7: 13-18, etc.), but thank God the “New Nature” does not fail! And that New Nature is Christ, (Rom. 8: 9-13, etc.) HE and here is our Sanctification! “Christ in you, the hope of glory (or glorification!)” (Col. 1: 27)

    1. Thank God the “Old Nature” IS dead already (our position as ‘In Christ’), but our daily walk is always by faith, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…” (Col. 3: 5). And here is our constant experience of need In Christ. Oh those biblical “Therefore’s”!

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