What happens when a nation forgets God? To sum it up in just a few words, judgement from God. When we look back at history, we find many times that people have turned away from God, including history from the Bible. When we put our selfish desires before God’s, bad things are bound to happen. Forgetting God doesn’t just happen overnight, it takes time and we usually are deceived, one sin at a time. We tend to begin justifying ourselves or what we’re doing or we say things like, that’s not so bad or it was just a “white lie”, etc. We need to be vigilant in our relationship with our creator, so that we won’t be deceived. We can also choose to ignore history, but when we do this, history tends to repeat itself. When we don’t ignore history and instead we learn from it, we usually don’t repeat it.
At the beginning of Hitler’s popularity, the people of Germany were frustrated with the economic situation that was going on at this time. When people get desperate, they do things that they wouldn’t normally do. The German people were without jobs, which means they were without food, some had no place to live and there was no hope of it getting any better. Then, Hitler begins to show the people that he will take care of Germany, if they would just follow him. At this time, I’m sure that this felt like the only solution to their problems. As soon as his popularity was increasing, he began implementation of the propaganda against the Jews. Hitler basically blamed all of Germany’s economic woes and anything else that was wrong with the country, on the Jews. Antisemitism was already a part of the country, so it was pretty easy to encourage it more and make it more popular. There is an excellent book that I highly recommend: “When A Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany” by Erwin W. Lutzer This book breaks it down, so we don’t repeat history.
It’s easy to judge history from our perspective, but just think about what you might have done, if you lived in Germany at this time, especially considering that these changes took place over years and it didn’t happen overnight. Think about our present day and how much we’ve changed over the years, some for the better and some not. What would you do when given a choice to just go along or stand up against something for what you believe, even if it’s dangerous? I think that the more we learn from history, the better we’ll become!