Is there no end to man’s inhumanity to man? Man will do things to man that no animal would ever do. If an animal kills a man, it is because he is hungry or fearful, never does he wound then sit and watch the torture for pleasure!
I read “The Wall” by John Hershey (1950) when I was a Senior in High School. It was probably my first exposure to the horrors of war. I receive accolades from the teacher for having read a book of that caliber. Thus my reason for remembering. I wonder now that I could have read it without being more personally affected by the ugliness in it.
Although I lived through WW2, I was shielded and untouched in a personal way. The years since have opened the horrors to me – documentaries, pictures, movies, museums, etc. I cannot deny! I cannot pretend blindness! These atrocities happened.
Neither can I deny nor blind my eyes to atrocities happening today on America’s shores and in her huge open lands. And, I would argue, none of it is for food or for safety. No man rapes for food or safety. No baby is murdered for food or safety. No gang tortures for food or safety. No child left for days in an infested diaper for food or safety.
So much of what upsets Americans today is not more than an ant on an elephant’s nose. (Maybe I will pursue this topic another day.)
There is evil in the world. That’s what we should fight. And Christians, we should proclaim the gospel as the means for combating that evil. Jesus is the Way. We should say so instead of getting uptight over such matters as the proper procedure for baptizing, when to sit, kneel, or stand, and other such minor issues. And the tough stuff – wars, torture, bondage, murder – can only be handled by the weapons of the Spirit. Prayer is the place to start! And may I suggest we can thank God for President Trump for pulling back war threats on so many sides.
The book is not pretty – no gold highlights, no colored pictures, no engraved cover. There it stands. “The Wall” by John Hershey, 1950. Most of the time it is stuck in the row of books; I gave it full face treatment for the picture today. It is not a pretty book -no gold highlights, no colored pictures, no engraved cover – so I will stick it back in the row; it will go back in “anonymity” when I am gone. My family will not know its significance to me.
That really doesn’t matter because as I said before it was important to me because I received a “gold star” for reading it. More’s the shame. I was not so far removed from the inexperienced, sheltered, untouched, poorly educated, and pampered generations of today.
Written for challenge by mindlovemiserysmenagerie’s The Tale Weaver, prompt is “The Wall”
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