I Like To Think…

Considering all that occurred under Hitler’s regime and the fact that my ancestors are from Germany, I like to think I would have done my part to prevent the Jews from being slaughtered.  I like to think that I would have protected their innocent lives and not brought them any harm.  I like to think that I would have provided means of escape for those who didn’t deserve the torture they were enduring. I like to think. As I reflect on our nation’s remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I like to think that I would have been one of the white people who walked beside the black man that August afternoon in our nation’s capital.  I like to think that I would have held a sign that begged the mistreatment of the negro community to end.  I like to think that I would have allowed people of any skin color to dine in my restaurant if I had owned one.  I like to think. When I think about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and all he endured on his 33-year stint on this earth, I like to think I would have been one of his followers.  I like to think that I would have dropped my nets and followed after him, no questions asked.  I like to think that I would have been with him until the death never denying that I’d dined with him.  I like to think. But, I’ll never know what I would have done under those circumstances and in those days.  Sure, those three scenarios have moved me in ways I didn’t know was possible as I watch footage and read the Bible, but then?  What would I have done then? I like to think that I would have done something good, something inspiring, something to spare lives, something to salvage the hopes and dreams of many.  I like to think that the little girl my parents raised, that the woman I’ve become would have remained steady during such times of opposition and would have stuck to her guns because of the convictions that live deep within her.  I like to think that who I am today is who I would have been then. I like to think.

6 thoughts on “I Like To Think…”

  1. Beautifully put. I’ve thought these same things myself. Hoping I too, would be the person who stood up and followed. But would my fear have ruled then as it often does now? Probably. It saddens me to think that but I am learning to trust God to change that in me so, should the opportunity be placed in front of me to take a stand, I would do it, no questions asked. When I read this, I was glad to know I am not the only one to question and wonder about myself should I be in those shoes.

  2. Cindy, I don’t know whether you have ever been to the Dachau concentration camp or not, but it is an eye-opening experience.

    While stationed in Germany, a friend of mine and I visited that horrible place, and were moved with many emotions as we sat in front of the barracks area. We watched videos and saw pictures of the atrocities perpetuated on the Jews and others who had the misfortune of ending up in that camp.

    I would hope there is enough God in all of to stand tall in the battles of life. After all, we who name the name of Christ, are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. Great post.

  3. love this….gave me chills. i also think you would have. solely because of the way you take a godly stand against something so common, yet so ugly in marriages of today. you are walking the narrow path now, and i like to imagine that you would’ve then too.

  4. I visit your blog occasionally…and I think this particular post is the most thought provoking by far.
    I don’t know how many people would even ask themselves the questions that you have asked of yourself here.Kudos.
    And…I surmise that too many of us today would instantly give ourselves the benefit of the doubt…believing that we would be one who would promote justice and sacrifice our very lives and public identities to be on the side of human suffering and injustice… that we know emphatically Jesus would be on.
    I think to the extent we currently support those who are being exterminated (Darfur, Sudanese etc)…silenced ( women in developing nations) or oppressed (children marketed and used as sex objects)…right this very minute…could be a strong indication of how we might have reacted in past history. Are we stepping up to fight those fights…to walk with, be a voice for, comfort or support those who are marginalized and oppressed today in this country and abroad?
    Much of how we mindlessly live our lives in this country…causes the direct suffering to those in developing nations. How we treat the alien or the poor…in this country…would likely be a fair indication of what our responses to injustices in our nations past would have been. We can’t go back…but we can make ourselves aware of where injustice is happening today…and stand up for what is right.

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