The Truth Will Set You Free

"The Holocaust didn't happen but it should have". Those are the words on a sign carried by a masked protester in Arkansas recently. The Neo-nazis had shown up to protest a Holocaust Remembrance March. It is terrible that there is still so much hatred in the world. It is incredibly terrible that such hatred still exists in our own country and that it could happen as recently as this month.

It makes you think that these people must be brainwashed, but I believe that it is what happens when you hear a lie, but are repeatedly told it is the truth. Some Neo-nazis have been raised that way from their youth. Their parents sow this poison in them. Worst of all is how some of them can even think that they are Christian, but again, an evil person can twist the truth of the Bible. If I were to cherry-pick verses out of the Bible and misinterpret them, I could paint Jesus as having a grudge against the Jews. Jesus would never condone violence. In fact he commands a more peaceful approach. Matthew 5:38-40 English Standard Version (ESV) 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. Now you could point of John 2:15 where Jesus drives the money changers out of the Temple, but there he uses righteous anger to correct an abuse of God’s Temple. In our politically correct world, his actions would be taken as nothing less than violence, but we have long departed where a little physical punishment was considered the standard way of changing behavior. In any case, it does not indicate specifically that he actually hit any of them although at the very least he must have threatened to do so. In any case, these people, whether they are Christian or not, are in desperate need of the Word of God. They are need of our prayer. We need to pray that God will bring them to their senses. Especially the ones that are Christian, because their faith is warped. They do not really understand the Bible and what Jesus came to do. A Christian cannot believe that genocide is acceptable in any way, shape, or form. If they would simply look at the evidence, it would be overwhelming. Sadly the number of people who lived then and saw the sights dwindle each year. John 14:6 English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ​ I think if they took that verse to heart, they might want to read a little more of the Bible and little less of whatever filth they are filling their minds with. The same is true for us as well. We need to fill our minds with good things and not the garbage that easily sells, has the highest ratings on TV, or is on the best-sellers list. John 8:31-33 English Standard Version (ESV) 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” The Jews at the time thought Jesus meant free as in not a slave, but he was talking about spiritual freedom. When you are sinner and you KNOW you are, then you realize that you need something. Some people think it just the right information or if they do the right thing or say the right prayers or perform the right ritual, they will be saved. It is so much easier than that. “Abide in my word”: This means to read the Bible, but not just read it casually. It means to absorb it, digest it, dwell in it, saturate yourself in it. You don’t have to become a monk to do this. Just crack it open each day and you are on your way. “Know the truth”: When you spend time in the Bible enough it will strengthen your faith. Things will start to make sense about your faith. Your confidence will not be shaken when someone questions you, because you will have read something about that recently. “The truth will set you free”: When you are trying to earn your own salvation, you are like a hamster on a wheel. You are going around and around in circles, but you are going nowhere. We should always proclaim the truth, because there are forces, even entire nations like Iran that want to deny the Holocaust. But in the future it might not just be the Holocaust. It could be the Bible. It could be your right to speak out against ungodly practices.