The Holocaust and testimony-sharing

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The Daily Mail ran an article January 24, 2018 about the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. Approximately 60,000 people were slaughtered in that hell-hole. Within days of the liberation, German citizens in the surrounding communities were forced by the Allies to walk through the camp and observe the putrid stench and ghastly remains of Nazi ideology.

Beep.

In the middle of reading that article, my computer notified me an email came in. It was the latest study from the Barna Group entitled “Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z“.

Before I go further, I must say I was bitten a few years ago. Infected. I hopefully have an “incurable disease”. I’m obsessed with the importance of believers sharing their testimony of God’s love to a hurting world. It distorts my senses. Everything I see and hear is tainted by this passion. I see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the need for testimonies in situations where others sense nothing at all.

According to the Barna study:

  1. The number one reason people give for rejecting Christianity is “I have a hard time believing that a good God would allow so much evil or suffering in the world.” “Good God!” I felt tempted to scream, walking close to the line of taking the Lord’s name in vain. That objection could be overcome if believers would share stories of how God rescued them in times of evil and suffering!
  2. The second objection is that Christians are hypocrites. Christians wouldn’t seem like hypocrites if believers would share their stories of weakness and God’s strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  3. The third reason the article gives for people’s rejection of Christianity is that they believe “science refutes too much of the Bible”. In other words, without the “evidence” of lives transformed, all the facts the unchurched have to explore is science.
  4. People state they “don’t believe in fairy tales.” A true story of how the hero God rescued us when we were in distress kinda refutes the belief that Biblical stories of God’s goodness are just fairy tales.
  5. There are two additional reasons Barna gave for why people doubt Christianity. “There are too many injustices in the history of Christianity” and “I had a bad experience at church, with a Christian.” Wow. Those two are easily refuted with evidence of the good God does through His church.

Sigh. Let me take a moment to understand this. The unchurched have just shared the secret for how they can come to faith.

It’s called “testimony-sharing”.

However, we ignore that. Instead, horrible things go on in this world and the testimonies of the church remain silent. I’m reminded again of the Buchenwald concentration camp article I was reading earlier today. I hope God doesn’t walk His church past the remains of lives that could have been rescued by testimonies.