As you know my mother grew up in Germany as Hitler took power. Her family like many Germans were not Nazi’s. Like many German people they learned to survive. She would tell us, her father never hid his dislike for Hitler and expressed many times his distrust for Hitler and that he was a “Hindenburg man” referring to President Paul von Hindenurg.
They were a people of peace. Her father owned a restaurant, her mother helped out at the restaurant and raised her children. Soon my mother’s life along with those she loved and the many other lives all over the world would change forever. For my mother the safe and secure world her parents provided for her and brothers and sisters would soon be shattered.
These pictures show you what war brought to Germany. A city that has been around since the medieval times was reduced to rubble by 1945. Somewhere in that rubble was my mothers home.
There are many examples from history to teach us that war is not the answer to settle our differences. I am sure you have all heard the term, “just wars”. WWII is considered to be one of those just wars, because as the history books state, if there was any reason for a war there was one for this one. Do you think my mother and the innocent citizens of Germany, those that prayed for an end to one man’s madness would agree that it was a just war? Was it “just” that my aunt lost her first husband in battle? Was it “just” that my mother and her family lost three homes? And was it “just” when her fiancee died in her arms? Was it “just” to all the American, British and other European lives that were lost or altered by the horrors of what they went through?
The bible teaches us that the path to God is through loving our brothers and sisters as ourselves. Jesus Himself teaches us about love through His life and death. Had Adam and Eve never sinned against God evil would not have entered this world. And no one knows better on what evil can do than the more than 6 million Jewish people were killed along with the 5 million other innocents; the Christians, those that stood in Hitler’s way and those that were physical or mentally handicapped along with many other minorities. Hatred killed over 12 million people.
Evil entered this world the day Adam and Eve turned their backs on God, and evil will be around until we all begin to live the way God had created us to. Colossians 3:15 says it best, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”
Of course hindsight is always better, but what if Hitler loved the Jewish people and allowed them to prosper and grow Germany into a peaceful nation? What if he worked at finding a cure for those that he deemed unfit because of their handicaps? What if he put aside his hatred of anyone not German aside and found the best in everybody?
Of coarse we will never know. We are unable to change the past. But we can learn from the past. What we do today will bring about change and a peaceful future.
Let us all begin to work together to build a safe and secure world for our children. When we let Christ in our hearts, we will be begin to see others like God sees them, as His children. If we allow it, love will take root and eventually stamp out the evil that is around us. It is up to us to take “hatred” and change it over to “love”.
This next month how can you let Christ rule your hearts?
“Turn from evil; do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalms 34:14)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
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