Respectable And Cultured?
We’ve all read about the concentration camps and the subhuman things that the Nazis did to the Jews and Poles in Poland during World War II; the cruel tortures and the unbelievable massacres of innocent men, women and children. It seems that they became very creative in their torture, inventing new and bestial ways to hurt and kill. The focus is always on the suffering of the poor people in the concentration camps, but what kind of people were doing this? What were these Nazis like?
Well, I found out to my surprise after reading up on the Nazis, that (for instance) the head of Auschwitz was a family man with a wife and children. They lived in a lovely home, complete with flower gardens, right in the concentration camp! I found that they liked the opera, that they were a loving family; well educated, well traveled, and cultured. I also found out that most of the Nazis were well educated and cultured, and part of loving families!
After reading more about the Nazis, I could only ask myself, “How could they do the things they did and then go home to their wives and children?” Then I thought…. But what about our own time and country? Are we so different? Think about the doctors who are performing abortions today. Think of our president and other politicians who are making the murder of unborn children permissible. Think of our Supreme Court who has made all this legal and respectable. Think of all of us here who have voted for these men and women. Think of all of us here who have never raised our voices in opposition to this daily massacre of the innocence.
During World War II there was a man who said, “The Nazis came and arrested all the Jews… but I said nothing because I wasn’t Jewish. Then the Nazis came and arrested all the Poles… but I said nothing because I wasn’t Polish. Then the Nazis came and arrested all the Catholics… but I said nothing because I wasn’t Catholic. Then the Nazis came and arrested me… and no one spoke up because there was no one left.”
The Bible very clearly reminds us, “Thou shall not kill!” Today, please speak up for the innocent children, because next time it might be us. Next time the laws might make the extermination of the sick and the elderly legal and respectable. Next time the laws might make the extermination of ANYONE the government sees as useless, legal and respectable. The next time we might be the victims!