July 2014

Terezin and Today’s Holocaust

March for Life 2014
March for Life 2014

Defiant Requiem: documentary of beauty and defiance despite the Holocaust. Told how Red Cross contingency (hosted by Nazis as a propaganda tour) visited Terezin, prison-camp ghetto in Czechoslovakia. They went back to Switzerland with reports that the Jewish people had it well.

Facades and props aside, how did they believe that for one second? Perhaps as one person said, they believed what they wanted to. Certainly it was more pleasant to play along with the makeshift “improvements” to the town. But whatever the delegates thought, two weeks after the visit, the young children (shown in black-and-white footage playing on rocking horses and smiling as they ate delicious food) were all gone – sent to gas chambers. How could the world afford to believe lies? They gave the Nazis a deadly permission.

Another thought hit: There’s a Holocaust today, with its own perpetrators, deceivers and propaganda machine. Again hidden from public eye. Unborn babies murdered daily through abortion. Another Holocaust. And once again, most people either are oblivious to the horrors or are willfully deceived.

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?” (Proverbs 24:11-12)

According to, abortions have somewhat decreased in the United States. Wonderful! Still, they report that 1.06 million babies were murdered in 2011. Horrible. In this culture, may the Lord make us speakers of truth and defenders of life.


Happy Birthday, America

“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.” – Proverbs 14:34

I’m thankful God has brought our nation to another birthday! We have a lot to celebrate in the history of this 238-year-old country.
Off the top of my head: The Statue of Liberty and the multitudes of immigrants who were welcomed to these shores. Innovations in technology and discoveries in medicine that have helped people and saved lives. Soldiers who sacrificed their security and well-being, and sometimes their lives, to keep citizens and others free. The many moments when righteousness exalted this nation.
Some of you view the U.S. with skepticism. Some mistrust and disdain its history and founders and policies. Others esteem the past and have grown disgusted with what this nation is becoming.
Yes, the U.S. has veered down the wrong path at times – as in, the deplorable mistreatment of Native Americans, the unconscionable enslavement of African Americans and, more recently, the legalized murder of unborn babies. Yes, we have many sins of which to repent.
But mercifully, we also have so much for which to be grateful. While I regret the wrongs that we have done, and fear what we may become, I am extremely grateful for the blessings we have experienced and for the good that has been done.
Certainly, in this decaying culture, there is still much good to be done – actually more than ever before – and there is much rich history to gratefully celebrate.
Happy birthday, America! And by God’s grace, many more!

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