Can you imagine a world in which the Holocaust never occurred? Or a World War that never took place? Can you imagine all the lives that would have been saved, families that never had to be bereaved of their children, and the millions of men, women, and children whose lives could have been spared? If only the people would have stopped the destruction before it took place.
No one ever expected the Holocaust to happen. Who could have imagined that such evil embodied through Hitler and his regime could have ever have taken place? Were there no warning signs to the people of Germany? Yes, there were.
Hitler laid out his agenda in Mein Kampf. The Germans told the Jewish people they couldn’t swim in their swimming pools, but no one protested too strongly. Then they said they couldn’t attend their schools, “No problem,” said the Jewish people, “We’ll make our own schools.” Little by little their rights were stripped away through deceptive measures, but no one ever imagined the horror that awaited them because they tolerated the beginning trickles of injustice that left governmental power unchecked, which ended up billowing into one of the most tragic events in history.
Everything that Hitler did looked like law, smelled like law, even had the color of law, but was not law. What is it that we have learned from looking back and studying the past?
John Adams, the second president of the United States, stated,
“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.”
Is America walking contrary to John Adams’ warning? You decide. Today, those who stand for the Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the traditional values of morality our country was founded upon, are now labeled as un-American haters.
Vladimir Lenin, first Leader of the Soviet Union, said,
“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.”
We see it in trickles now, but left unchecked by the silent majority who sit back and do nothing . . . what will be the fate of your America? History tends to repeat itself unless we stand up and do something to stop it. Knowing what you stand for limits what you fall for.
Proverbs 28:1 says:
“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
“But the righteous are bold as a lion.”1
The following is a “famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the sloth of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.”
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
In 1976, Niemöller had this to say: “The Church did not concern itself with politics at all at that time, and it shouldn’t have anything to do with them either.”
There are different groups today in America but the same results. Divide and conquer until there is no one standing.
- “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” Noah Webster [↩]