Yom Hashoah

Today is Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laGvura (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day" [Wp]).

It is a national holiday for Israel, signed into law by PM David ben-Gurion on 27 Nisan back in 1951.

This is a seperate occasion than the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, remembered this year on 27 January. For that day, I posted two blog articles entitled "Christians and the Holocaust" (Part 1 | Part 2).

The Holocaust teaches us several lessons as believers:
  1. Human depravity, a condition we each share, can justify the worst of acts.
  2. Tyrants can manupilate Christians through a few propaganda pictures of him worshipping and a few choice "Christian" terms.
  3. Xenophobia, eugenics, and hyper-patriotism has no place in the pulpit.
  4. The Gospel should direct how we deal with the hurting and must be our primary message.
There are several more lessons the Holocaust teaches that you are free to add below.

UPDATE: David Neff at Christian History Blog posted his two cents. Check it out.

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