Before I begin, I want to remind readers that this blog is dedicated to the effort to see and understand the things of this world through a Biblical worldview. This takes it for granted that readers have read the Bible or, at the very least, have an extensive knowledge of the Scriptures. Next, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am using the ‘NAZI reference’ because — hopefully — it is a clear enough example that most rational, truth-seeking and lawful people will agree that there were no ‘good’ NAZI’s. By that, I mean that, if you joined the NAZI Party of your own free will, you were not and could not be thought of as a ‘good’ person — not Scripturally, anyway. I am not trying to call or connect the NAZI Party to any one person, group or organization. Again: I am strictly using it as an example, and I deliberately chose it because, as an extreme example, I believe it will serve to illustrate and clarify the higher point I am going to try to make in this post.
Now, that having been said, I want to address the claim: that there were no ‘good’ NAZI’s. If a person accepts and embraces the Bible, then it should be self-evident that, by Scriptural standards, the NAZI Party of WW II was evil. There was nothing about the Party’s political agenda that could be said to have agreed with the Word of God. This means, if a person joined the Party of their own free will, that person was knowingly and deliberately aligning themselves with the NAZI Party and, therefore, its agenda. Scripture teaches us that those who oppose the will of God are against the Lord. The NAZI Party was definitely in opposition to the will of God. Therefore, everyone who willingly became a member of the Party was against the Lord and no one who chooses to be against the Lord is or can be called ‘good.’ Now, if you know anything about the NAZI Party in WWW II, you know the members were very select. The Party was not open to just anyone. This means no one joined ‘against their will.’ They may have tried to claim they were forced to join after the war, but this is not what the surviving records show to be true: you could only join by permission, and permission had to be extended or requested, and was totally dependent upon the individual’s choosing to join. Therefore, there were no ‘good’ NAZI’s.
Now for the point I would like to make. The principle behind the claim — “There are no ‘Good’ NAZI’s” — still applies today. In fact, it may be more applicable than ever before. As believers, we are to hold ourselves apart from the ways of the world, so that, by our example, the world can see the difference between its rebellious ways and those of the Lord. It is a large part of what we call “our witness:” showing people we don’t just talk-the-talk, but we also walk-the-walk. But do we do this? Or do we allow ourselves to align with people, groups and organizations that are in opposition to the Lord and His Word?
There are many ways we must guard against siding with that which openly opposes the Lord. One of the most difficult for a believer to deal with is which businesses we should do business with. Many corporations are openly rebellious against God and His ways. Are believers to shun them? I honestly don’t know the answer to this one. I know that giving these businesses our money certainly empowers them, but it does not mean we have chosen to side with their agenda. For me, I find comfort in Paul’s words where he tells us we must be “in” the world, but not “of” it else we would have to be removed from it. In Paul’s day, it would have been as impossible to avoid dealing with Rome and other corrupt or pagan businesses and organizations as it is today, yet Scripture never condemns believers for these associations. Rather, Christ tells us to know which is which and be careful to give what is due to each: to Caesar, that which is Caesar’s and to God, that which is God’s. So I do not know the right course of action here other than to make an effort to know what corporations are lawless and which are truly at war with God and to do business with those at war with God as little as possible.
Another area that can be difficult but where it is a little easier to understand the right choice is in our personal relationships. If we are too close to people who mock and show contempt for the Lord, the danger is not for them that we may eventually convert them: the danger is that they may lead us astray. After all, isn’t this why God told the Israelites not to marry Canaanite women: because their Canaanite wives would lead them into idolatry? And isn’t this the pattern that consistently repeats in Israel’s history: that every time they or their leaders align with the rest of the world and trust in the ways of the world instead of trusting in God and His ways, Israel suffered as a result? So why do believers ignore these warnings today? Do we think that God has changed the way He works? The same God who claims that He does not change? Do we think that Christ has set us free to live a life of sin by granting us a “do as you please” card simply because we claim we are saved? Paul tells us not to live such lives, and James warns us that the fruit of living such a life reveals our true spiritual father. So why do believers allow themselves to form close associations with people they should know to keep at a distance?
Then there are those areas that should be easy to know what is right and what is wrong. To go back to a business: if I know a business is at war with God, it is one thing to buy something from them when there is no other alternative, but it is quite another to buy stock in that business. Both may provide resources to evil, but one can be done reluctantly and in protest whereas the other is done intentionally and for personal gain. Thus, it should be obvious that believers have no business buying into a company that is at war with God and/or His people.
Then there are those organizations that are equally at war with God and His people. In these cases, there is no excuse for aligning ourselves with such evil. Here is where I will go back to my assertion that “There are no ‘good’ NAZI’s.” I do this so that I can avoid pointing to any specific group or organization, but I trust that the reader can and will connect the dots for themselves.
The NAZI Party was a force for evil. Before it started to kill the Jews, it was murdering children and other people it called ‘undesirable.’ It started with something known as the T4 Program. The German people were well aware of what was happening and, early on, they were able to stop a large part of the program. But what of those who joined the Party early on, even when it was known that the Party was killing innocent children, mentally handicapped and other infirm people? This was murder, and it was part of the NAZI Party platform as it was linked to their goal of engineering a ‘super race.’ If a person joined the party in spite of knowing that the Party was doing this, they were choosing to side with and give their voice to murder, and God’s Word is very clear on this matter: THOUGH SHALT NOT COMMIT MURDER! So, how much more so would such a person be guilt when Hitler started to kill the Jews?
Later, there came a time when Hitler replaced the picture of Christ that had been in every schoolroom with a picture of himself. He actually replaced Christ with himself. This was known throughout Germany. So, if a person joined the NAZI Party when they knew Hitler was replacing Christ with his own image and persona, how would they not be guilty of putting another ‘god’ before Yahweh? There isn’t a way: they would have knowingly and willingly aligned themselves with a political Party that worshiped a man rather than God, and that is a violation of God’s Law. The same would apply to those who knew that Hitler was using children to spy on their parents. God commands that we honor our parents, and spying on them and turning them in to the State is nothing of the sort. So joining a Party that one knows is teaching children that they belong to the State and not their parents would be siding against God’s Laws.
I could keep going, but I hope the point is clear: if we side with any organization that pushes an agenda that is in contradiction with God’s Laws, we side with lawlessness. And if we side with lawlessness, we side with those who are at war with God. Scripture is crystal clear on this matter: rebellion against God is lawlessness; and lawlessness is sin. No one who practices sin has any part of the Lord and will be turned away at the Wedding Supper.
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Therefore, as believers, we should guard ourselves and our witness against anything that would give the appearance of siding with that which is opposed to God or His Word. Guard ourselves against openly siding with anything and anyone who is at war with God. Guard ourselves against hypocrisy (the yeast of the Pharisees). Do not lend our name or support to anything that goes against the Lord’s Commandments. Show ourselves to be aligned with God by the things we say and do, as much as by that from which we abstain and avoid. Because, just as there were no ‘good’ NAZI’s, there are no believers who camp with the enemy.