Will we know the truth when we see it?
The truth for George Washington was not who had the bigger army and the better generals. He knew on paper he had little hope. But all that George Washington wanted to know was whether the colonists had the heart to fight to the death for what they believed in. This would be the ultimate factor in who would win the Revolutionary War!
I believe our country is coming to a point where we need to find out the truth about who we are, where we are going and what are we going to become.
It is interesting to reflect on the 2nd World War and analyze the opinions of Europeans before the major battles began. TO see if they had any inkling at all of the devastation and destruction that was just ahead of them.
Rita Koupman was a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp. She lived in Holland and it is interesting to hear her thoughts about 1939. Her family had heard from Jews who had recently arrived from Germany the warnings and terrible stories like crystal nacht. Her brother Eddie tried telling her parents about the danger with this invasion of Nazism in neutral Holland. He spoke of making an escape. Rita’s mother answered her son and said: Escape, escape what, I must wait for the man to bring me the laundry, escape what. Most people did not see the coming chaos . . . most Jews in Holland perished in the concentration camps
I am asking questions here with the opening scene of World War 2. And I know I am coming from a 21st century understanding knowing what happened in World War 2. They did not have the internet or 24 hour cable news networks. But still underneath all of that my heart asks the question: why could they not see the coming flood of destruction that would decimate all of Europe? And then I reflect upon our country and ask: Are we also heading for a devastating time here in America and we also do not see it coming?
We have so much hatred between the right and the left politically. And then let us consider the riots that recently took place in the major cities of our nation.
Not only is there anger, but fear that is gripping our country. We have an election this fall and the sentiments being expressed on either side show little room for compromise. Ask any professor of political science about what France looked like before World War two and you might see a little of that in our country right now! What is also interesting in looking in the past is that whenever political turmoil was evident there was little influence from the religious sphere in society.
In Germany world war 2 the major denominations kept quiet about the Nazi indoctrination taking place. Except for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Niemoller among a few others, the churches had become complicit with their silence.
I am of the opinion that it is time for the Churches to rise in our country and take a stand for our country while we still have one. What has made America great according to Alexis De Tocqueville was the following:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her fertile fields and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
Whether we wish to admit it or not America is struggling because America has forgotten who she once was. I believe we are coming to days that now need the voice of our local and national churches to be sounding out the clarion call of bringing America back to a place of truth.
We do not need the Government, we need God to restore Peace and Godliness to our country