International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

So today I remember. In addition to what my sister Amy mentions below, I remember the role pastors associated with the Christian faith played, complicity or explicitly, in supporting this nationalistic agenda of ethnic superiority. I remember those who attended church every Sunday with Bible in hand and grew more in love with the idolatry they called “Germany,” rooted in the false belief of God-ordained German exceptionalism. 

I remember not just victims, but those who participated in the atrocity by their silence, willful blindness, timidity, or advocacy. I remember in the hope that I will learn and see.

“Today we remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million others deemed unfit (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma, gay men etc.) who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi’s and their allies. We must remember these people whose only crime was being of a different religion, race, and sexual orientation. We cannot let history repeat itself. Give a moment of silence for them today.” ~ Amy Lee 

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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