God help us

Forced isolation and separation is a funny thing. Routines change; new routines are added. Sometimes you become more productive. Often times you don’t. One of the ways in which I’ve become a little less productive is in an abbreviated morning fitness time and an increased morning binge watching time. For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, allow me to introduce you to the world of streaming services. A television streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu, will put an entire series onto its platform and enable you to watch it all in one sitting. By the way, this is a great substitute for a morning fitness routine when you can’t go to the gym. You can almost imagine the calories melting away as you consume more of them. But I digress. Sometimes, on rare occasion, these shows can actually enlighten and challenge your worldview and allow you to see things in a different light.

One such show that has confounded and frustrated me as of late is Amazon Prime’s Hunters. (PSA This show is rated TV-MA because of various forms of violence and language. It is not meant for everyone) Hunters follows a group of Nazi hunters built around holocaust survivors in the late 70’s who are hunting Nazis in America seeking to stop a secret scheme brought about by Operation Paper Clip. The show explores the brutality of The Holocaust as well as the complexity of the world the survivors are left with. Of course the most brutal part of it is the heinousness of the fact that the hatred that fueled the Third Reich continues to exist even after the war. Multiple times throughout watching the show I have found myself at the point of tears for what was, what was lost and how in the world this type of hatred continues to exist. Not only that, but seems to be growing.

In a world that is currently under a pandemic I am so perplexed that we continue to allow those in power over us to perpetuate lies of inequality and racism that ultimately divide us. Fear has become our social currency. We label each other and even label viruses by race to divide us even further. We have even had leaders make excuses for Nazi’s by saying, “You also had some very fine people on both sides.” But truthfully, this is horribly wrong. Hatred allowed to fester may seem like a match for a moment, but before long it becomes a wildfire that has consumed us all. As I reflected on The Holocaust I am confounded by the fact that there are people who deny this travesty or worse people that would wish to see this evil replicated in the world today. We cannot continue to allow fear to dictate our dialogue and characterizations of one another. God help us if this cancer continues to typify our culture. “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them….There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” – 1 John‬ ‭4:16, 18‬ ‭May God, who is best described as love, guide us into the new and true way of seeing each other…as His children out here to learn to love one another and never hate.

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