“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12 ESV
Dachau concentration camp is an example of man’s inhumanity to man, and the depravity of the human heart. Germany, the land with such a rich Christian history, and the place of the Protestant Reformation, became a place of death, and extreme evil under the Nazis. The conditions in Germany when Hitler came into power where just right for the demonization of much of the society. Even though some in the Church resisted Hitler, many compromised with evil, and some just chose to live in denial of the truth. It was the perfect storm. The political, economic, and social chaos allowed darkness to grow.
The conflict of World War 2, as well as all destructive conflicts, must be understood as spiritual in nature. Only evil principalities and powers, aligned with fallen human nature could conceive of such evil. It’s as if Germany historically has been both a gate of heaven, and a gate of hell. When religion is not accompanied by the life transforming power of Jesus Christ, it loses its voice and spiritual influence in human government.
The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one Christian leader who spoke out against the evils of dictators and totalitarian regimes. God always raises up prophetic voices that are often misunderstood, or often ignored in both the Church, and in culture. Jesus warned that wolves would come to seek to devour his people, and also warned the Church about apostasy (falling away.) Many in the American Church are being deceived and lulled into a deep sleep, by refusing to confront the evils of our day and by choosing ignorance versus action. While we in America are not executing Jews, Christians, and those that the Nazis considered undesirables, we have slaughtered millions of innocent babies in the United States through abortion. Late term abortion as a means of birth control is especially gruesome. We must exam our hearts as we rightly judge the Nazis, but receive correction from God for our own sins.
Our own society is presently very fragile. We can see the trends of unrest and lawlessness. Storms clouds appear to be forming on the horizon. Could the conditions ever become right, or could we ever see a political and economic storm that would cause anarchy on a national level? Beware of the perfect storm, and pray for God’s Kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth as in heaven.