This morning I[?] ‘providentialy’ opened Charles Colson’s How Now Shall We Live? devotional to page 111. Hopefully the following excerpts, editing, rewording and summary of what I read will encourage you to consider your faith. I encourage you to read the whole story in Chuck Colson’s devotional. It seems God has provided there some timely words, so needed - “Yesterday,” today and tomorrow.
In The New Republic, Michael Oren wrote of a German soldier, Wilm Hosenfeld, an ardent Catholic who abhorred Nazism, portrayed in the 2003 movie The Pianist. According to the movie, Hosenfeld was “a monster transformed by music.” But Oren writes that the transformation is a “misrepresentation.” Hosenfeld wrote in his diary that the war happened because “humanity had to be shown where its godlessness was taking it.” Our “denial of God’s commandments” and unwillingness to “love one another” condemned us to die “innocent and guilty alike.”
The Pianist, is based on the story of a Jewish composer, Wladyslaw Spilzman, who by chance was asked to play the piano for Hosenfeld, who then hides and feeds Spilzman until the war’s end. This faith is why Hosenfeld “repeatedly risks his life to rescue others, Poles and Jews, from extermination.
Hosenfeld, and people like him, risked their lives to rescue others as a matter of love for their neighbor, not refined by an aesthetic concept.
We Christians need to rise to every opportunity to excite the curiosity of those around us, about the source of strength for our kindness or generosity, so we might give credit to the One who commanded us to behave that way: Jesus Christ. Perhaps we will create a willingness for those around us to hear more about the Father who commands us to love one another.
May we be blessed by God, to turn from godlessness to faith that we might be blessings to those around us, not like those who had been, who are and might be held captive and imprisoned in “A World Without Love.”