When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany
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Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. That phrase has become cliché. Yet, the cliché usually holds true. For instance, during WWII Hitler made the same mistake as Napoleon and tried to conquer Russia in the winter. The result ended in the same way as it did for Napoleon: a devastated army forced to retreat taking with it any hopes of ruling Russia. Some might call a comparison between the United States of 2010 and Germany of 1932 hyperbolic. However, there are some eerie parallels between the two and in WHEN A NATION FORGETS GOD, Erwin Lutzer points out some of those similarities.
The book is written for a Christian audience. It explains how the German Church, by and large, was silent during Hitler's rise to power and instead of standing in the gap, allowed itself to be a willing accomplice to the atrocities of the Nazi regime. WHEN A NATION FORGETS GOD is a clarion call for Christians in America to be diligent so we do not fall into the same traps. The book also briefly tells the story of some Christian martyrs during that period.
There are a few comparisons in the book that Lutzer makes that are a bit of jump. There are also some issues where some believers might disagree with Lutzer. However, most of the time Lutzer makes insights that are supported by the historical record and which shouldn't be dismissed outright.
I remember when I was in grade school and was first learning about the Holocaust and the Nazi atrocities before and during WWII. The question that was raised by many of my classmates and myself was, "How could the people let this happen?" That question was often asked by WWII veterans I met who had served in Europe and had seen the concentration camps. "How could the people let this happen?" The people remained silent because they were afraid and most didn't have the courage of their convictions. Seeing the things that have happened in the United States the past several years, it really isn't that far of a stretch to see how the same thing really could happen here.
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