Summary: Where do we stand as a Nation Spiritually? If we think that it is not our concern to care for those who cannot care for themselves, we must remember the past, look at the present, and plan for the future.
First Baptist Church
545 South Main
Jellico, Tennessee. 37762
Pastor: Michael Blankenship
Web Address: www.jfb.faithsite.com/default.asp
Sunday Morning 1-21-2001
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
As we swore in a new president yesterday, amidst the fanfare and rejoicing by many conservative minds, I found myself still wrestling with the same quandary; When will American return to God? From 11:00 am yesterday until 11:00 am today, approximately 4,320 unborn infants were aborted. This number is staggering when viewed on the broader scale of things to come. 4,320 potential voter, citizens of the United States, teachers, doctors. Lawyers and fellow children of God were annihilated from the face of the earth. 4,320 enough to incorporate and fill a small town in the most desolate of areas in the Untied States of America.
Let us look to the word of God and head His voice before the ominous future comes to fruition.
America: Where are we Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday?
1. The Deterioration of Our Moral Foundation Yesterday 28-31
Let us begin in another part of the world similar to our own. It is a nation that has become great that has become scholarly, that has made a sound contribution to the worldly affairs of men. Pre- War Germany asses much of what we see taking place in America today. In order to understand the full implication of things that were we must first visit the relics that remain, and remind us of the future of a nation devoid of God. Go with me if you would to Berlin, Germany, we shall drive 35 kilometers Northeasterly into the countryside through the winding roads and well-landscaped yards of centuries of laborious living. We will stop in the town of Oranienburg a small town that might look as any small town across America today. A town where one might have felt very comfortable raising a family, and living out their lives. There were a few country stores and restaurants but this town is a village by definition. This same town with its outward charm might have remained obscure were it not for Heinrich Himmler
and his choosing of this town for the first prototype of the concentration camps.
The first camp was called ¡§Sachsenhauser¡¨, its name in English means home of the Saxons. The Barracks here held hundreds of thousands of human prisoners. Let us walk with open eyes as we observe the sights of the past.
Here to our right are bales of human hair baled and confined as a reminder of all those who died here. Piles of children¡¦s shoes that are of various sizes and type their owners will never return to retrieve these trinkets of life. Let us hurriedly pass the abandoned laboratories where experiments, and abortions were performed without Anastasia, because the people whether, Jew or polish, or Checque were not human, because they spoke a language that was foreign, because their customs were different, or because the pigment of their skin was different. Walk onward with me, as we go the back of the camps, where the ovens that incinerate the dead burn both day and night. Notice here we see the statue of iron of two skeletal and ominous figures that carry the lifeless bodies toward the furnaces.
B. The ovens and the buildings have long since collapsed.
1. The undermining of the foundations eroded the stability of the structures until they ultimately collapsed under their own weight. We as people of God must take note of the over whelming stench of death that hangs in the air of Sachsenausen, and through all of pre-war Germany.
2. Why? Because of the parallel potential that we may repeat the past here now, or in the future. In 1934 Adolph Hitler, had been chancellor for just over a year. On July 20, 1934 he implemented a policy pronounced, ¡§Glite-shaff-coon¡¨ this policy was part of ¡§article 24 which allowed for all religious denominations in the state so far as they are not a danger to the moral feelings of the German race. This was part of the facade of separation of church and state. Many of the churches realizing the ploy attempted to reorganize. There were 150,000 Protestants out of forty-five million in pre-war Germany who belonged to the ¡§free¡¨ churches such as Baptist, and Methodist . The rest of the Protestant faiths were separated among twenty-eight other denominations, the largest of which was the Old Prussian Union with eighteen million members. The churches balked at Hitler¡¦s proposal and re-alignment, the stood perched and ready to dethrone the Leader before he could go any further. Hitler, sensing the potential problem called all of the religious leaders together, he would appeal to the materialism, if not their greed. He began by reaffirming their tax-exempt status, and government subsides, and quietly he eased them into his hand.