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Where was God at Auschwitz?

Probably the same place He was when the ground soaked up Abel’s blood. Probably the same place when Joseph screamed out from the pit, when Tamar sobbed from her bed, when the scoundrels set Naboth up to be stoned in a field, when Jeremiah the patriot became Jeremiah the traitor, when Jesus faced Judas in the garden and when Stephen gazed above a frenzied mob.
We don’t see God as an impotent deity handcuffed by the whims of the wicked. But a loving God has “allowed” horrors that make men question His, well, “allowances.” I choose to believe that He is patiently allowing the plodding of history to reveal His perfect motives through the redemption of man.
One such piece of evidence to this line of thinking was the “Night To Stand With Israel,” an event where Christians speak up unequivocally for the right of the nation of Israel to exist and prosper.
Hatred and envy remain toward Jews. Can’t God do something about it? My take-away from the night was to stop passing the buck to God what was meant for me. God is doing something about the unfair things in life. He’s created me, yes me, with a conscience and talents. He’s expecting me to be the answer from God that will help stop such “allowances.”
Christians have rightly hung their heads in guilt over our sell-out of our Jewish brothers over the centuries and the Night To Stand With Israel is a great historical stride.  But hatred seems to run far deeper than just ethnic and racial lines. It runs in the heart; sometimes closer than we dare to look.
At one point during the evening, when the question was raised, ” Where were Christians during the Holocaust?”, a Jewish brother behind me echoed with a, “Where were some of the Jews during the Holocaust?” At a recent tour of the slave castle in Ghana, an African tour guide told me that slave trade would have been severely hampered or halted except that some greedy Africans had been benefitting so nicely from the project.
Is it true that we would “stand by” instead of “stand with” even our own flesh and blood? Perhaps we should ask Cane instead of God?
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