Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year’s edition of the event also marks the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. And upon arrival at that infamous death factory, victims passed through a gate which sadistically read, “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes Free.)
In order to falsely promise the freedom our divine design requires, in one form or another, the enemy of our souls is busy marketing this same “Work Makes Free” deception. And here’s how this lethal mirage is often presented. In the vortex of our brokenness and pain the adversary seductively whispers, “The depravity of man invalidates the truth of God;” a demonic mantra that uses the undeniable presence of evil as an apologetic for atheism.
Now if this spiritual propaganda fails to produce a denial of God’s existence, the next plan of attack is to cast seeds of doubt regarding the reality of God’s grace. And if the reality of God’s grace is rejected then there’s no rational basis for faith embracing the unconditional nature of God’s redeeming love!
We live in a time when revisionist narratives driven by a pernicious jihadist ideology claiming to purport the real story behind the Mid-East conflict are widely and uncritically accepted. This in turn has spawned a simultaneous latent/blatant anti-Semitism that is increasingly commonplace even in some evangelical circles. Therefore it remains vitally important to corporately bring the horrors of the Holocaust into the light of historical reality. In fact, given the sheer magnitude and dark systematic nature of this horrific extermination, such reflection is appropriate on multiple levels. And so today as we remember, let us also shame the Devil by proclaiming the truth that work does not make us free. The Son sets us free. And if the Son sets us free, we will most certainly be free because Grace Makes Free (cf. John 8:36)!