“The world is too dangerous to live in- not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen”.
~ Albert Einstein
This quote is displayed in the lobby of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and serves as the major theme of the exhibit there. The museum tells 3 stories of bystanders during the Holocaust of World War 2. I recently visited the museum with a friend while she was in Dallas, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the atrocities that went on during that time, and what injustice is happening in our world today. I wonder what lives could have been saved if more people would have stood up to Hitler, the soldiers and the evil that went on.
So I have been thinking a lot about today too. There is so much going on in the world, so much injustice, so much oppression. I am quite comfortable in the US and sometimes its easy to forget that someone else around the world is suffering. I have been thinking about who I need to stand up for on a personal level, but also on a church level and national level. There are so many that come to mind:
~ The 27.9% of the world who have no access to someone to tell them about Jesus Christ
~ Those who are in war-torn Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq who have been forced to leave their homes as refugees
~ The unborn who can’t fight for themselves
~ Believers in China, Indonesia and other places who can’t worship publicly because they will be imprisoned or killed for their faith
~ Children who are forced into trafficking and slavery
How do we separate the idea of just jumping on a cause for it’s own sake, and when do we need to stand up as God’s children to say “enough is enough”? People lobby for their causes all the time, and there are many passionate people.
I’m not quite sure yet what my cause is, what injustice I need to take a stand against. But I don’t want to be like many of the bystanders during World War 2 who did nothing to save the Jews and others. Sometimes it just takes one person to follow Christ’s leading, even if it means risking everything.