I had a thought to do an Internet search on the life of Adolf Hitler. What I read about the man inspired this entry.
We are all familiar with Hitler’s twisted policies of territorial conquest and racial subjugation. Under his command, approximately ten million innocent people were mercilessly massacred. Hitler murdered human beings without respect to his conscience, when at the same time he upheld a lesser principle against eating meat, because he opposed the slaughter of animals. Incredibly, he executed entire families in his death camps, yet the man went out of his way to protect animals.
Hitler claimed to be a Christian; a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. How incomprehensible to think that he could not see the disparity between his own horrific behavior, and the upright character of the Christ he claimed as his Lord. For the true Christian, there must be continuity between the two.
The Bible does not dance around this subject. We read in Titus 1:15-16, “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
Man is fully capable of professing Christ and committing dreadful acts. But Jesus seeks an authentic people to carry His name; not a perfect people, but those who earnestly endeavor to live their lives in accordance with His will. It’s not about what we claim; it’s about who we are. It is the pure in heart who will see God.
While our stories may not make the history books, our lives are nonetheless being read by people every day. May they behold a faithful testimony from evidence burned onto the pages of our hearts that reflect nothing but our honest attempts to portray the true character of the One who we claim to follow.
2 Corinthians 3:2 NKJV You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
Matthew 5:8 NKJV Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 11/15/2008 7:37 PM