What you know. . . counts!

My youngest daughter recently visited the Holocaust museum in WDC. She was deeply moved, as was I, (I was there the year it opened) by the evidence on display there. Though not the world’s only attempt at complete genocide, the holocaust is a powerful reminder of the evil potential in the human heart.

Not long after she returned home, I found this passage in the book of Proverbs: (chapter 24:11) I admit, I’d never noticed it before.

“Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
Oh hold them back.
If you say, “See we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?”

It made me think of those brave souls who sacrificed all to defend their Jewish friends against the horrors of Hitler’s regime. Risking their families, their fortunes, their very lives, they did what they could to stop the deaths. I recently read of one woman who became an electrician in Poland, so that she could sneak children out of Jewish Ghettos. At the end of her work day, she put babies in her equipment bag and carried them out to her truck. Her german shepherd dog, trained to bark at everyone, made so much noise that the baby’s cries couldn’t be heard by guards. In all, she saved over 2000 children — one soul at a time.

It reminds me too that we believers cannot burry our heads. When it comes to the unborn, to the genocide in parts of Africa, Bosnia, and other locations, to the children traded by sex traffickers, we cannot turn away. Our God weighs the hearts. He knows what we know. He expects us to respond on behalf of the innocent, on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves.

I find that a heavy responsibility. It would be so much easier to attend services, sing worship songs, go to Bible studies. And while those things are good, our God expects more.

What are you doing to defend the defenseless? Any ideas? Anything we might do together? I’d like to know!


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5 Responses to “What you know. . . counts!”

  1. KatherineLn Says:

    A very good reminder of our responsibilities. Along with defending the defenseless, we ought to be asking God to be changing the hearts and minds of those who have become the threat to the innocent. Defense & Offensive!

    There’s a short film that has recently gone viral on the internet because of it’s powerful argument defending the unborn’s right to life. Your post ties right into the heart of the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you take a peek. [www.heartchanger.com]

  2. sandy cathcart Says:

    Through a friend the Lord directed me to be willing to turn left…which means when I’m set to turn right and I hear that still small voice or feel that urge to be willing to follow it. I used to do this all the time, but had gotten away from it. Now that I’m doing it again I’m discovering all kinds of possibilities to reach out to people. Thanks for sharing this post. Touched my heart.

    • Bette Nordberg Says:

      I am reading Acts again, Sandy. And I am so struck by the fact that in this powerful book, the common thread is that people EXPECTED to hear from God personally. He spoke. They listened. It wasn’t a miracle. It wasn’t even unusual. It was this turning left when you heard his voice — THAT is what enabled God to accomplish so much in that first season after Jesus’ death. You are on to something. You are on to the power of the Holy Spirit! Right On!

  3. Bob and Pam Says:

    I too was forever changed by visiting a concentration camp/holocaust museum in Poland. What struck me the hardest was how very evil satan really is. I think if we keep telling people about Jesus the worlds problems will be solved as the good outweighs the work of evil at work in the world today. But as things stand I think we should brace for impact because I do believe satan is rearing up, ready to strike not only the jews, but also the christians this time. If he can wipe out the jew or the christians he can stand before God and say; “I win!” We know God won’t ever let that happen, but as long as the world turns, satan will never give up!

    • Bette Nordberg Says:

      Bob and Pam,
      Your comment is so right on!!!! We live in such a “sanitized” world. Today, Evil is excused, explained, and psychoanalyzed, until most people don’t even really believe it exists. But when you look at it face to face, when you stare it down, as you must in a concentration camp — or as we are here in Puyallup tonight, where a young father has just killed himself and his own two sons (he is being investigated in the murder of his wife) — we must see it’s truth, it’s power, it’s complete antitheses of GRACE. Evil lives. And until we take our dying breath, we must do our best to battle it’s influence! We cannot hide in our sanitized fiction, happy Bible Studies, or our theological discussions. We must do more than curse the darkness, we must light it!

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