Skip to main content
Thursday, January 18 2024
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed annually on January 27, we proclaim “Never Again!” Yet, the increase in anti-Semitism around the world has many people asking if history could repeat itself. Currently, the October 7th Massacre serves as a stark reminder that Jews are confronting a sinister and malevolent force, both within Israel and from the surrounding nations, marked by escalating incidents of unjustified harassment, violence, and even murders in broad daylight.

For the first time in my lifetime, there is the possibility of darkness overcoming the light. Not just for Israelis, who are surrounded by countries that are Israel’s sworn enemies, but even where Jews live surrounded by sworn friends.

Yet, in spite of this bleak portrayal, there is hope for the Jewish people. This isn’t 1939 in pre-war Germany. It’s not the 1800s, when pogroms and blood libels saw countless Jews massacred and Jewish towns destroyed across Europe. It’s not 1492, when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella initiated the Spanish Inquisition, demanding Jews to convert, leave, or die at the stake.

Today is a different era. There are unique differences that exist today that have not existed at any other time in the history of Jewish persecution. 

The first difference is that today, for the first time in 2,000 years, the Jewish people live as an independent nation in our homeland. The establishment of Israel, 75 years ago in 1948, was a game-changer for the Jewish people. We have a place of refuge and the ability to defend ourselves.

Another distinctive difference is that today, for the first time in history, the Jewish people have friends. Across the globe, millions of Christians not only hold Israel in their hearts but actively support, advocate, and contribute to ensuring Israel's safety and survival. Jews no longer stand alone; they have Christian friends who consistently demonstrate their commitment in times of need. From addressing security concerns, providing political backing, offering humanitarian aid, to fervent prayers on our behalf, our Christian friends have immensely blessed Israel. 

However, we must not overlook that these substantial changes have been orchestrated by God, the one “who watches over Israel….” who neither slumbers nor sleeps” Psalm 121:4 

On this International Holocaust Memorial Day, as we declare "Never Again," it's crucial to recognize that this commitment relies significantly on us. With God’s help, light will overcome the darkness that threatens us all. However, God invites us to be His agents of light. Our responsibility is to radiate the brilliance of His love and illuminate our world with justice. Let us pray for the day when swords will be turned into plowshares and all of mankind will live together in peace.