I don't usually post about my political views on things, except to say that I am very conservative. But last night I watched "Third Reich - The Rise" on the History Channel. I actually didn't watch it all, but plan to finish the next time it is on.
One of the things that struck me was that in less than 30 minutes of watching this show, which is about how the people of Germany allowed a man like Hitler into power, not specifically about him, were the parallels to what is currently happening in Europe today.
As a young man, before he became the Chancellor of Germany, Hitler was staging protests, building a following for his Nazi party. Every day people, mostly youth, disenchanted with what their government was doing, blindly joined. Throw in economic crisis (back then the crash of the US Stock Market...today the EU having to bail out country after country), and it is ripe for a false prophet.
In college, as an assignment for my composition class, I read Mien Kampf and wrote a paper on it. I have always been a history buff, but I wanted to know if anything in this book would signal of the things that had come to pass, and was hoping to see if I could figure out what made him the person that so many turned to. I sort of got some answers, as what he wrote in his youth, when looked at in hindsight, told a lot. But if you had read it at the time, I seriously doubt that anyone would have been able to connect the dots.
I have always said that, in the end, he told the people what they wanted to hear, and then when they were in deeper than they wanted (anyone speaking out against him was tortured and killed), they didn't know how to get out of the situation they had put themselves in. Then they paid the ultimate price as a country....as far as Germany has come since WWII, they will always be known as the country that tried to eliminate an entire race.
In the 2008 run up to the election, our youth reminded me of the youth in Germany following Adolf Hitler. For whatever reason, they felt they needed a "messiah". A savior to take them as far away from the Bush presidency as possible. They didn't look into his background, they didn't research his short term as senator to see what he supported and didn't support. He spoke charismatically, told them what they wanted to hear, and they voted for him.
Now before I get slammed, I am in no way comparing Barack Obama, our current president to Adolf Hitler. I am comparing the youth of that time period to the youth of today. And sadly, the youth of today are now disappointed in the president. Not because he did the horrific things that Adolf Hitler did, but because he didn't live up to their expectations based on his promises, and his rock-star persona.
Then I look at the youth of Europe and what they are doing...mostly rioting. No, not every youth is, but many. Their countries can no longer support them in the way to which they are accustomed, and like a spoiled child who has his favorite toy taken away, they are throwing temper tantrums, with deadly consequences. My fear is that these young people, who rather than looking to the past, and studying what would help their situation, are attacking. Because their college education is going to cost double or triple (which, for my friends in Europe is still getting off cheap because in the US it is still more expensive than what you will end up with). They are rioting because they will have to retire later....in 40 years.
It scares me what I see in the youth of today. The entitlement mentality, which can be contributed both to parents and the government. And the quickness in which they will attack when they perceive they are threatened. I just hope that they have enough sense to think....really think....before seeking that next messiah. They may regret their decision, just as the youth of Germany in the late 1920's and early 1930's did.
There is only one Messiah...Yeshua. He is the only one that YHVH ever sent to watch over us, save us, and protect us. My desperate prayer is that the youth of today seek HIM out, not a man.
I realize that some may find this post offensive. If that is the case, please just click the red box in the top corner of your browser tab, and don't give it another thought. This was so on my heart last night that I had a hard time sleeping, and had to get it out and share it.