The Day I called Half My Family & Facebook Feed Neo-Nazis and Meant It
Have you ever wondered how the Holocaust actually happened….how men and women actually got to the point where they truly believed countless human beings were worthy or torture and execution simply because they were a different race or had different abilities? To sit and contemplate how a man like Adolph Hitler rose to power is a sobering exercise, especially in light of what we are experiencing in this dense and potent cultural moment of America’s story. Ruminate upon this truth: Whatever you are doing now is exactly what you would have done then… if you were alive in Nazi Germany… if you were a white Anglo man or woman in the early part of the 20th century….if you were alive in the Confederate South during the civil war, (which by the way WAS predominately fought over slavery, and which, the South LOST…never have I seen a more decorated memory of a tragic loss of life that was brought upon oneself because of ones own evils in my life than when I visit the Southern U.S. It’s repugnant).
Whatever stance you are taking right now in regard to civil rights and your own life and how much you are listening to and letting the INJUSTICE OF OTHERS who are a different race that YOU impact your daily life is EXACTLY what you would have done if you had lived in another time in history OR ANOTHER NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THIS WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. If you are being silent, and saying the onus rests on the black people, and the problem is not THAT big of a deal because there are other problems like black-on-black crime and sexism and that YOU have problems too, then that is EXACTLY what you would have done if you had lived right before Hitler’s rise to power… You would have said it wasn’t that big of a deal that Jews were being persecuted, and that you had issues too, and that actually all women were persecuted and lacked rights, and you would be well on your way to be a Nazi… just like you ARE well on your way to being a Neo-Nazi right now. Yes, I just said that. Take all the time you need to be angry at me and think about what I said.
Yet the truth remains, you WOULD have been on the wrong side of history….and you currently ARE on the wrong side of it… Let that sink in… and then come back, and work with me, to make a difference. You aren’t evil. You are just doing something extremely wrong right now, and there is still time to change. That’s all.
Jessica Wilson, in her article for The Gospel Coaltion, Lessons from Bonhoeffer: Are You Standing Up to Injustice? writes, “If you ever wonder what you would’ve done had you seen Hitler rise to power, or African American children barred from white schools, Laura Fabrycky reminds us that we’re currently acting in the exact same way we would’ve then. For our time is no less plagued with controversy, injustice, tension, or despair than the times that preceded us…As Dietrich Bonhoeffer….watched synagogues burn throughout Berlin, so have we watched rioters set fire to churches, cars, and stores. And what have we done? Whatever role we have played in our local community or on the national stage is exactly what we would’ve done at another time in history, and that realization should be a sobering call to action.”
Quoting a book by Laura Fabrycky which in part analyzes American culture in the comparison to that of the culture which birthed what we now commonly deplore as Nazi, Germany, Wilson continues, “During the Nazi era, Christians here and elsewhere failed their Jewish neighbors, and many others belonging to different groups. They were silent when they should have spoken up; they were complicit and, at times, even gleeful participants in persecution. They often used their beliefs to justify violence and genocide. . . . They did not see how their lives were connected to one another…How Are We Responding?The same words might be posed to white Christians who have witnessed crimes committed against black and brown brothers and sisters. Our lives are all connected. Are we seeing it? How are we responding to the time and place to which we’ve been called? While Fabrycky wrote this book worlds away from the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, her book speaks directly to this time and seems providential in its publication date.
In 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. preached in a church in East Berlin before the wall fell. Fabrycky visits the church in celebration of the American holiday and hears a recording of his sermon. “In a real sense,” King preached to a packed-out crowd of attentive Germans, “we are all one in Christ Jesus, for in Christ there is no east, no west, no north, or south.” King knew that just as there is “neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free,” so too is there no east, no west, no black or white, “for we are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). ” –(Jessica Hooten Wilson, The Gospel Coalition)
Where are you at in history, my friends? What do your actions demonstrate that you actually believe? Reflect, for heaven’s sake reflect. We are moments from murdering an entire race and branding ourselves with the mark-of-the-beast which we have so vehemently proselytized the pagans to beware. Beware! That is what we must BE. But WHERE we are and WHAT we are IS so FAR from the mark of the faith we herald. We are blind. Lord Jesus, help us see.
Additional Reading: Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy