“I don’t know what a Jew is,
I only know what a human being is.”
Pastor Andre Trorme, Righteous Among the Nations, France
We have just returned from visiting Yad Vashem. The holocaust museum in Israel. As you might imagine, it is an incredibly moving and overwhelming experience. Words can’t describe.
Once again I am drawn to the people the Jews have named The Righteous Among the Nations. My eyes fill up as I consider the untold acts of heroism by men and women around Europe who saved Jews while putting their lives in harm’s way. Without an established network of communication, they did what seemed like the only right thing to do. They rescued.
The RATN were Catholics, Protestants, and Atheists. They were from Poland, Denmark, Italy and France. They were men and women. Young and old. Parents and grandparents. But they had one thing in common: a courageous love of human beings whose lives in were being placed in tremendous jeopardy. It mattered not that those who were being oppressed were not countrymen or kindred. It mattered not that they were compatriots or congregants. All that mattered was that they were human beings, and they needed the help of another human being. I plan to write much more about the RATN in the future.
A new horror has begun to emerge in our time. One in our own country. Yes, even in our backyard. There are thousands of young women who are being sold into sexual slavery in the United States. Some are trafficked from Asia and Europe, while others are abducted from the streets of the middle class suburbia and turned into a piece of property that belongs to a pimp, who works for an unthinkable monster perpetrating crimes against women at an alarming rate.
Friends, it’s Economics 101. Demand and supply. The sexual appetites of men have spiraled out of control with the easy and constant access to pornography. At some point, the male brain is no longer responsive to the simply viewing images. The eyes of a man are never satisfied, Solomon accurately noted. And a new holocaust is beginning to build momentum. Right under our noses. Hidden in plain sight.
“Rescue those being led away to death. Hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If we say we knew nothing of this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Will he not repay man according to his work?”