“All sin results from failure to act in faith.” -John MacArthur
Last week I toured the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. I have walked the halls of similar institutions in Warsaw and Jerusalem, so I should have been ready for shock. It is always nauseating.
Even though the previous sites had been equally graphic and just as emotionally gripping, the reality of man’s savagery and indignity toward others was once again in full view.
I would love if it were possible to erase those memories and tear down the buildings in Warsaw, Jerusalem, and Washington. If only we could escape the wretched pictures of humiliating executions and piles of bodies, undo the diagrams explaining the workings of gas chambers and crematoriums, and remove the rooms filled with hair and shoes.
But we must never forget. Not so much because we could be the perpetrators or victims (although we could play either role). But because we could more easily follow the lead of so many who did nothing and said nothing about the atrocities around them, thus becoming spectator collaborators.
James probably understood well the guilt of standing back and watching bad things happen to his half-brother, Jesus. He reminds us, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.” (James 4:17)
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