The line from yesteryear concerning the state of the populace of our fair country went something like this: “Sir/Madam, do you think the problems we are facing are due to ignorance or apathy?” To which the answer; “I don’t know and I don’t care!”
"The most deadly poison of our times is indifference.” St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Before I proceed with my remarks here’s a little background:
The deathcamp Auschwitz became the killing center during WWII where the largest numbers of European Jews were murdered by the Nazis. One Christian man who died here became a martyr to the truth of evils of Nazism - a true hero for our time, a saint who lived what he preached, total love toward God and man ...
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as prisoner 16770 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941. When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by starvation in reprisal for the escape. One of the 10 selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry: My wife! My children! I will never see them again! At this Maximilian Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in his place. His request was granted ...
Maximilian Kolby was initially imprisoned for helping Jews. He understood the battle for Germany was between the Communist Socialist and Nazi Socialist Ideology with sanity having become Apathetic, indifferent. (Kolby’s story is graphically told in James Michener’s fabulous book, Poland).
A near identical battle is raging in the United States and people not involved in either side are for the most part indifferent. A story from the time made the rounds about 20 years ago of Christian’s sitting in churches on Sunday AM, upon hearing the cattle cars rolling by on the tracks destined for Concentration Camps, would simply turn up the sound on the organs and keep singing, very few attempting to do anything of merit.
Does the brief evaluation of Maximillian’s times fit you in some way? Do you even as much as pray for the Lord Jesus to intervene in the course of our time? He could bring about revival. Christ expresses His thought on the predominate state of many of us who proclaim faith: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.” Revelation 3:15.
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