The title of a forum thread started by a friend a few days ago had me wondering what planet he’d moved to…
And then I realised, it read “INCREDIBLE: NAZIS NOW TOP PARTY IN AUSTRIA and not NAZIS NOW TOP PARTY IN AUSTRALIA
It is surprising how many around the world are driven by a Nazi-friendly outlook and very disturbing when a nation has majority willing to support that ideology.
Political support can grow like a rolling snow ball. What starts out as something minor can gather support and gradually become something more significant. The more significant it becomes, the more rapid the growth. As momentum increases, the more people are willing to jump on board.
I recall my cousin saying many years ago that Hitler made only one mistake. I wish I’d asked him what the mistake was, and whether he thought it was a good thing that he’d made that mistake, but I think I didn’t want him to confirm that he had some sympathy for Hitler.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot about the violent history of last century and its two world wars. How easily things could have been very different if not for single decisions made by individuals and nations.
Maybe the “one mistake” my cousin was referring to was Hitler’s decision to attack Russia, opening up another battle front he couldn’t afford to maintain, reducing the effectiveness of what could be done elsewhere. What would have happened elsewhere if that extra commitment hadn’t been initiated?
Also, how different the world could be today if Japan had chosen NOT to have attacked Pearl Harbour, if they had left America alone? Maybe Japan could have easily taken over the rest of Asia and possibly Australia with little effective opposition. Britain had been shown ineffective against them through the fall of Singapore.
With the Pearl Harbour decision (like Hitler and Russia) Japan also bit off more than they could chew, stretching their resources too widely and reducing their efficiency.
Perhaps examples like that show how easily things can change in the world.
God can shape events with a little nudge rather than a heavy blow. He doesn’t need to get involved in an obvious way. Just removing His restraining hand to allow man’s sin to take a particular direction can set in motion the chain of events that will further HIS purposes.
God doesn’t need to directly crush the evils of men. He can let man’s sin run its course until its inevitable fruit is reaped.
But like Ezekiel describes, God DOES also intervene in a more direct way, drawing rulers of nations into situations that will ultimate lead to their failure and downfall.
Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army…
… ” I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.
(see Ezekiel 38-39)