My friend, Joe Dallas, over at his blog, http://joedallas.com/blog, has written a moving post entitled, “The Cruelest Lie.” Always challenging, Joe’s post reminded me of a “visit” I took on a business trip several years ago (I have never written about, although I do not know why). So, here it is…
In 1985, while on a business trip, I visited Bergen-Belsen concentration camp near Celle, Germany. This was the concentration camp where Anne Frank died, along with 50,000 other Dutch Jews. There really isn’t anything, as the Americans who liberated it burned the camp down because typhus was rampant.
Entering the grounds, there is a small “museum” with pictures of the victims, the Nazis, and the Allied liberators. It was impossible to refrain from crying, even for a grown man. Once I was thru the museum, I was struck by the silence. No one spoke. Most just stood or slowly moved thru the grounds. What I observed were several rectangle raised flower beds. The flowers were in bloom and were quite beautiful. Then I realized that these “flower beds” were the “pits” dug by the Allied bulldozers to bury the dead. The American commander was so incensed by what he saw, he sent troops into the nearby town of Bergen and forced the citizens at gunpoint to come and place the bodies into the “pits.”
The townspeople wept as, one by one, they placed the bodies into the mass graves. They most certainly knew what was going on, but chose to ignore it. Yet the German people were not alone in their complicity. The United States as well as many other countries knew what was happening to the Jews, yet “chose to ignore it.” No one was “innocent.”
When I left the concentration camp, profoundly shaken by the horror of what had occurred and by my own ignorance of history, I noticed bus loads of German Military personnel entering the grounds. It seems that the German government requires that Military personnel see for themselves what was done years earlier so that no one “forget.” For a moment, I thought, perhaps there is hope for mankind after all.
Fast forward some 50 plus years later and my naiveté of that day has been revealed over and over again. Throughout the world the same horrors are continually being repeated. From the Sudan, to the Far East, to Russia, to Mexico and Latin and South America and even the United States “horror of abortion,” demonstrate the evil man prosecutes upon his fellow man. The Bible describes it like this:
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Genesis 6:5-6, KJV
Man has consistently demonstrated his inhumanity to his fellow man. Yet man is not without hope, for there is a government coming of righteousness and peace through the Messiah, Jesus Christ. God has invited all to participate in His Kingdom. The Apostle Peter, wrote of the Only Hope for Mankind, in 1 Peter 1:3-5:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (NKJV)
Yet this hope is only for all who believe and receive His Son, Jesus the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Only Hope for Mankind. Do you have this hope? God offers this “Hope” as a free gift. It can be yours by faith today.
Think about it…