…..and well, thinks she smells smoke!
When I was at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT), I was touched very deeply. (To hear some thoughts already posted, check out this blog entry.) When I was there, seeing the propoganda the Nazi party shoveled out, see the faces of so many tortured…..seeing the faces and hearing the stories of the millions who were murdered…….well, it made it easy to despise those who caused such carnage. Hearing Hitler say, “I am doing the work of the Lord” DID tick me off pretty well, and directing the bulk of my anger towards him was quite easy.
So, the last few days I have lived with this anger, judgement, and actual hate for Hitler. Thinking of him burning in hell day after day, being tormented as he so deserves.
But yesterday, a thought hit me (and also collided with a picture a friend sent….) – what if this whole time Hitler has been in heaven because he repented and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior? To be candid, my first reaction to such a thought was, “Please Lord, tell me You didn’t save HITLER! He doesn’t deserve it!”
That was a painful place for me to be…….actually thinking someone didn’t deserve to be saved! Let’s think about that…….I could go on and say “Well, I am not as bad as Hitler, so I deserve to be saved.” Or maybe, “I would rather see Hitler in hell and learn that Christ’s blood is not strong enough than see him in heaven!”
Is that blasphemous? Can I really call myself a Christian if 1) I don’t want to see EVERYONE saved, and 2) don’t fully acknowledge that the blood of Christ can and does cover ALL sins to those who love and accept Him? (Now, I am not a theologian and have no desire to get into predestination/elections and so forth, so please don’t take me down that road!)
ANYWAY, as a Christian, do you thin we would REJOICE to see Hitler in heaven? I mean, seriously, to see him there knowing that Christ totally did an amazing work would get me stoked. (And as I am writing this, my body is STILL saying “I can’t, I really can’t want him there!”) But what about me? I did not participate in a horrible genocide of an entire culture, as well as include anyone that opposed me, but do I deserve to be saved? I mean, I cuss like hell, I hate, I lose faith, I am a horrible rendition of what I was created to be…….except for that guy named Christ. And I haven’t done anything remotely good enough to make myself deserve to be saved…….that’s that guy’s job too.
So, on that note, what does this picture do to you?
Okay, don’t get all political on me. OF COURSE I am not suggesting that actions on this earth do not lead to consequences – hello! But let’s think about this…….if Hitler repented and accepted Christ……..and what about Bin Laden? What if he had a Damascus road moment? What if that moment was seconds before his death – a death so many would probably celebrate – and then we run into him in heaven too? Would that tick you off? Does the mere image of Christ washing his feet send you over the edge?
It did me, and that has really gotten me thinking about this Christian thing!
John 3:16 (New International Version)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
More on this shortly………….Gina OUT