This weekend is the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Auschwitz, the name which represents the epitome of anti-Semitism and hatred and bestial racism. However, I am afraid that for most of the world the 26th of January will pass without many people remembering. The same will happen on January 27th, the date that has been established by the United Nations as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The world will seek to overlook the place and the event where millions lost their lives, most whose only crime was being born Jewish. However, Tzedakah Ministries will never forget and will seek to never let you forget as the crime which occurred in Poland all those decades ago MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
There is another crime which must be remembered on January 26th and 27th and every day of the year and that is the crime of Christians who did nothing to stop it from happening in the 1930s and 1940s and churches who encouraged it for hundreds of years before it began in 1938. YES … Christians and churches are guilty of apathy and complacency for not stopping the Holocaust during World War II. And … YES … Christians and churches are guilty of anti-Semitism which made it possible for Hitler and the Third Reich to create an environment of hatred towards God’s Chosen People that made the Shoah possible in the first place.
The German pastor Martin Niemoller stated it well when he wrote …
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Another German pastor, and one of my 20th century heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, also wrote …
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
However, we cannot and must compound one crime committed from AD 70 to 1945 with the crime of not telling the Jewish people in 2014 about their Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. However, we cannot and must abandon the Jewish people to a greater and final Holocaust that separates God’s Chosen People from God forever by not telling them that the Gospel is their promise … FIRST (Romans 1:16). Therefore, Tzedakah Ministries would like to encourage you to consider the following steps as you remember Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2014 and beyond …
We cannot change the past but we must acknowledge the sins of the past
We must not allow our guilt of the past to cloud the present need of Jewish souls to hear the message of Messiah Jesus
We must fight against the twin heresies of replacement theology and dual covenantalism in the Modern Church
We must be prepared to respond to modern anti-Semitism and the next Hitler on the horizon
Will you remember? Will you do something today for the Jewish people to let them know that Jesus is their Messiah and we will not abandon them again?