What We Can Learn From History
Israel is a small country in the Middle East that was not a country with any recognition until 1948. World War 2 had just concluded, in which the Jews had suffered the atrocities of the Holocaust. The Jewish population in the world had been seriously reduced by numbers as high as 10 million when all the deaths were counted. The suffering and damage to Jewish families was even more devastating. It is not something any sane sensible person, including myself, wants to think about. However, sometimes we need to face history and try to learn the lessons of good and evil from it so we can, hopefully, pursue the good. There are many unbelievable evils going on in the world today like child trafficking, the promotion of abortion, sexual perversion poisoning our younger generation with drugs and sexual perversion and gang crimes in our cities to unprecedented levels. It seems that our judges and justice systems have lost their ability to administer proper justice. I want to refer back to Israel for some do’s and don’ts lessons. I believe we can all learn something very important from Israel because God allowed the Israel nation to be the object nation lesson we can all learn valuable principles and lessons. Israel is like a big 4000-year object lesson for the world to learn lessons of do’s and don’ts.
The Holocaust memorial begins at sunset April 7th and goes to sunset on April 8th each year in Israel. It is a memorial to the Holocaust, one of the most unbelievable events to take place in modern history, where over 6 million Jews were murdered by under the rule of Adolf Hitler. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were rounded up and transported to death camps. Then, after being killed in the gas chambers, their bodies were burned in huge gas incinerators. Other Jews were massacred by mass shootings by the Nazis. It was one of the greatest evils ever committed against humanity. One of the reasons Israel has the Holocaust memorial each year is to remind people everywhere that we need to be on the watch for evil and be prepared to resist it. The only way evil can be deterred is with a right power and vigilance. To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it again. The world was blindsided by Hitler and his plan to conquer Europe and annihilate the Jewish race.
When I think of the situation our country and our world is in today, I am grieved. I think we are in a dangerous situation as a country. We are burning through trillions of dollars of your tax cash. It is not the government’s money. It is the tax dollars of every citizen, every tax payer. The government is creating money out of nothing but eventually this will need to be reckoned with and paid back. Our climbing inflation now is the first indication we are on collision path with economic disaster. For example, lumber prices have climbed more than triple in the last 18 months and other consumables are climbing rapidly. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently gave a speech on the dangerous path our country is on toward economic disaster; I tend to believe he is right.
Success is something every father wants for his children and what we all aspire to achieve in one form or another. Mothers want to be successful; parents want to be successful. We want our children to be successful in careers or employment. We all hope for the day when a reward will come to assure us that we have been recognized or rewarded for our efforts and hard work. There is nothing wrong with that God-given desire but we need to guard that it does not become an addiction of covetousness or greed. But what is true success? I believe we have lost our bearings today about what is true success. I want to begin by saying any success without God in the equation is not true success. Without God, you will be a looser in the end regardless of how much wealth you accumulate or assets you amass. 1 Timothy 6:7 gives an important truth: “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
Sir John A. MacDonald was the first prime minister of Canada, serving two separate terms: 1867-1873, 1878-1891, a total of almost 19 years. He is most recognized for bringing Canada into Confederation and giving birth to the national CPR railway that connected the provinces. Yet there is another aspect of the first Prime Minister’s life that is not publicized very much but every Canadian needs to know.