Over the past week I was reading a novel called The Harbinger and there was a portion I knew I needed to blog about as soon as I read it. So here is a brief excerpt near the end of the book and then my thoughts:
“…Beware of the good Nazi.”
“The good Nazi? And what’s that supposed to mean?”
“The Nazis sent millions to their deaths out of pure hatred and evil. Can you think of a people more evil than that? And yet do you think most of them saw themselves as evil?”
“And why not?” he asked. “Because they compared themselves and measured themselves by the standards they themselves created. Each, in his own eyes, was a good Nazi, a moral Nazi, a decent Nazi, a religious Nazi, and a Nazi no worse than the next. For by seeing themselves in their own eyes, they became blind. But their judgment would come in the form of destruction, and their sins would be exposed before the world.”
“But there’s a big difference between the Nazis and most people.”
“The principle is the same. You can never judge yourself by your own standards and your own righteousness, but only in light of His [God’s] righteousness.”
This might sound like a weird action step but I encourage you to think about how you might be a good Nazi.
In other words, when it comes to your spiritual journey and how you’re doing on it… instead of comparing yourself to others, especially those who aren’t as ‘holy’ as you are! 🙂 think about what God wants for your life. The dreams He has for you. What He wants you to think about and dwell on. How He wants you to use your eyes. The words He wants to come out of your mouth. The ways He wants you to spend your money. The ways He wants you to spend your free time. The ways He wants you to love your neighbor. The ways He wants you to love Him.
As I read that quote from The Harbinger another one popped into to mind. It’s from D. L. Moody:
The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man.
May you and I stop being content with being good Nazis and train our utmost to become the man or woman that Moody talks about… the one the world has yet to see.
Imagine what God can do WITH and FOR and THROUGH and IN and BY the man or woman who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.
After all, THAT is what the world needs. Not good Nazis.
***Please join us this Sunday at The Eastside Vineyard Church. We are looking at one of the most shocking and sad stories in the gospel of Matthew. Where Judas hangs himself in Matthew 27:1-10. This sermon will center on one of my favorite topics to preach on: spiritual warfare. October 27. 10:30am. More info at tevchurch.org***