Speak out against genocide

This past Sunday April 23, was Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It marks the January 27, 1945, liberation of the Auschwits-Birkenau death camps.

Unfortunately, this is not marked on most people’s calendars, nor is it discussed in most churches and schools.

But it should be.

This event was one of the most horrific and heinous crimes in the 20th century. Here are some quick facts: 11 million people were murdered; of those, 6 million were Jewish people, nearly 5 million were non-Jewish people, and among all of them, 1.1.million were children.

Among other things, these people were murdered, tortured,and forced to do hard physical labor .

Unfortunately, there are people who deny or distort these facts which in itself is evil enough . What’s more shocking, I personally experienced those who call themselves Christian say the Jewish people brought the holocaust on themselves.

Among these “holocaust justifiers,” as I call them, are church elders and pastors. People from both groups could be setting next to you on any Sunday.

This denial and justification is a disrespect of and assault on the truth. Holocaust victims were brutally murdered and tortured by a governmental system hell-bent on racial genocide by eliminating the Jewish people and other groups.

This also included priests and pastors. Adolph Hitler wanted to create a new religion and replace Jesus Christ as a person to be worshipped.

The phrase “never again” that first appeared as hand-written signs at the Buchenwald camp in 1945 is more than a slogan associated with the Holocaust. This applies to the genocide and ethic cleansing that is still occurring today.

It is imperative that we, as God-fearing people, remember the past and continually speak out. We must expose the evil that lurks in the hearts of the deniers. Anti-semitism is on the rise and genocide and ethnic cleansing is still happening today. May God have mercy on us.