Why should Christians care that this Sunday, April 27, is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day? Isn’t that something we have been over enough since 1945? It is a Jewish thing, after all. It was a huge tragedy, but we can’t do anything more about it now. We just have to make sure it doesn’t happen again. So just leave it at that. Let the Jews and the Israelis have their memorial, and we’ll get on with our lives.
Except I can’t leave it at that. This is not just a Jewish thing. It is a human thing.
And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: “Arise, devour much flesh!” (Daniel 7:5 NKJV)
The stirring rendition of Russia’s national anthem during the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi continues to echo through my mind. And yet the image of eager, innocent Russian children singing the praises of their Motherland, carries with it a haunting question: why must the best national hymns belong to the world’s most aggressive empires?
As if the world needed more proof of this, the Olympic athletes had hardly left Sochi before Russia was pressing its weight on neighboring Ukraine in support of a popularly-elected, but corrupt, president. As events of the past week have shown, the issue now is not whether Russia will intervene in Ukraine, but when or if Russia will leave Ukraine to work out its own problems. Speaking as a historian and student of such things, it seems that there are only a few key questions facing the international community: Please click here to continue reading