In the movie A Few Good Men, there was a courtroom scene where Lt. Jaffee (Tom Cruse) was questioning Col. Jessep played by Jack Nicholson. In a heated cross examination, Cruse yelled at Nicholson, “I want the truth!” Nicholson screamed back, “You can’t handle the truth!”
Sadly, that statement could apply to a great number of Christian Americans today! I once read a book written by Andy Andrews titled, How Do You Kill 11 Million People? In Nazi Germany one of the train routes to an extermination camp ran behind a small church. Often its passengers were hundreds of Jews crammed into the cattle cars like animals. In his research for the book, Andrews had found a daunting letter written by one of the church members. It read as follows:
“Each Sunday morning we would hear the train whistle blowing in the distance, then the wheels coming over the tracks. We became disturbed when we heard the cries coming from the train as it passed by. Their screams tormented us since we knew where they were being taken. As the train approached, we would begin to sing hymns. By the time the cattle cars were passing, we were singing at the top of our voices. If we still heard screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more.”
Today American Christians should turn down some of the noise, pay attention to current events, and study the scriptures. In doing that, they would recognize the signs of the times and may actually begin to hear a train whistle in the distance.
It is a tragedy when one person perishes needlessly. But in Andrews’ book, he builds a strong case that over eleven million people were unnecessarily slaughtered. Why unnecessarily you ask? Because the German people, a large percentage of which were Christians, capitulated allowing Hitler to gain power and these millions died needlessly.
In this country, by their passivity and busyness with day to day concerns Christians have allowed their own freedom to be put at a very high risk. Personally, I see little difference in these German Christians singing to the top of their lungs in the 1940’s and Christians behavior today. The result is pretty much the same.
Will our children or grandchildren ask us what we were doing to stop the mass murder of precious children in the 21st century? Over fifty-five million have perished while Americans stand by with their ears covered to muffle the cries coming from these babies still in the womb. No, they are not riding in cattle cars, but rather in what should have been the safety of their own mother.
May God Almighty have mercy on us all when we stand before Him at the Judgement Seat in Heaven one day very soon.
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 KJV