Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, G...The story of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power is sad, but very interesting.  One obscure man, filled with passion for his nation and hatred for the Jews, comes from nowhere to become possibly the greatest mass murderer in history.  5 million Jews murdered and nearly 50 million dead world wide in a war started by one man’s passion, hatred and determination.

The real sad story in the rise of Nazism in Germany was how the church was complicit in the rise of this madman.  The church’s unwillingness to stand up to this man as he started to accumulate power was the catalyst Hitler needed to become a dictator in Germany and a threat to religion and freedom throughout the world.

A wise man once said those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  Could the church in America these days be the next church to roll over and usher in an evil regime in this nation that will eventually lead to national and international chaos?

The Christian Church, all of us as the Body of Christ, is called to be light and salt to the world and the culture.  We are to be the conscience of this nation, making sure our government does not stray from the Judeo Christian law and principles upon which this nation was founded.  Well, how are we doing so far?  50 million innocent babies murdered so far in the name of “choice”; homosexual marriage now legal in 8 states; and a national healthcare program knocking at our door that many feel will be a gateway for euthanasia as a solution for our mounting medicare and social security financial crisis.

So called Christian organizations like Sojourners and Red Letter Christians supporting or sitting back silently while abortion, gay marriage and the national healthcare program take hold;  Churches bringing in leaders who openly embrace gay marriage as examples to teach Christians about leadership; and churches embracing social justice organizations who care more about political power than they do the lives of unborn children.  What a sterling example of principle and leadership the church in America has become!

Church leaders in Nazi Germany were nothing more than lapdogs for an evil tyrant.  I wonder how many church leaders in our nation will have the courage and conviction to stand up when things get really ugly in our nation?  Based on our track record over the past 40 years, I see little reason for realistic optimism.

But we serve a mighty God.  He is more than capable of rescuing our nation from the path to evil and destruction we seem bent on traveling.  All it takes is a little cooperation from his people and his mighty hand will move.  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  “My people” is us—the church, not Washington D.C. or Hollywood—we as Christians are his people!

So the next time we are tempted to blame politicians, Hollywood, homosexual activists or abortion providers for the woes in this nation, think about that verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  The responsibility for this nation and the church in America sits squarely on our shoulders.  The fate of this great nation lies squarely upon us as the church.  That fact should bring us comfort.  But somehow I don’t find it very comforting these days.