Posts Tagged ‘Nazism’

  

“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.'” (Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭21‬ NKJV)

In the early 1930’s, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was so appalled at how many in the church capitulated to Hitler, blessing his evil doctrines that were “shaded” with religious tones, that he wrote a response, his manifesto entitled, The Cost of Discipleship. In it, he warned of “cheap grace”, the teaching that stresses that grace is free, so it really doesn’t matter how we live. There is no cost for holiness. 

As Jesus encountered one who had both riches and a hungry heart, Jesus made him choose. Was that cruel? Not really. But there can only be one Master, one passion, and it must be Him. It says Jesus loved him enough to offer discipleship, but the man didn’t love enough in return to sacrifice whatever it took to follow. 

Grace is freely given, but it isn’t freely kept. There is a cost to be a disciple. But the unsaid is that there is a GREATER cost for disobedience, one we pay later and with both present and eternal consequences. If everything has a cost, then choose the one that leads to life! You will find the price not so bad and the dividends out of this world! You are loved today!

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For God has no favorites.” (Colossians 3:25 NLT)

Dutch Nazi Klaas Faber was a very bad man that managed a Jewish concentration camp in the Netherlands, a stop before Auschwitz. Guilty of war crimes, Faber fled to post-war Germany and was allowed to live free, thanks to a 1943 Hitler-installed law that was never taken off the books, allowing European Nazis to find a non-extradition home in Germany. In spite of appeals in 1954, 1957, 2004, 2006, and 2010, Germany allowed Faber to live in favorable peace until his death in 2010.

It’s with a grateful heart, then, to know that God doesn’t play favorites! While He did choose to create the Jewish nation as His timepiece to reach the world, He loves us all the same. And while race, age, or wealth won’t gain you favor with God, one thing notably will: Obedience. God has favor and blessing available to all, but who He makes it truly available to is those that will live life as the Creator of it said to. By setting aside selfishness and embracing the Christ Life, we find a life that makes us a better neighbor, friend, and citizen.

While some may think they’re getting away with things because of who they are or the connections they have, they are wrong. God sees all and will accord to every person their just due. But by living obediently to His leading, we know that true grace, mercy, and redemption favor can be ours! Live right to live blessed! You are loved!

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