Archive for July 20th, 2010

“HOLOCAUST HERO JAN KARSKI REMEMBERED IN NEW YORK” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Jan Karski

“For us Poles, it was war and occupation. For the Jews, it was the end of the world,” declared the legendary Polish hero of the Holocaust, Jan Karski, as he spoke of the ravages of World War II and the Nazi invasion of Poland. Marking the 10th anniversary of his death, the Kosciuszko Foundation on Manhattan’s upper east side was the venue for a most fitting tribute to Jan Karski; the man who is considered “a universal hero” for his role in attempting to wake up the free world to the heinous atrocities being perpetrated against the Jews during WWII.

Jan Karski was a Polish-Catholic World War II resistant movement fighter and a scholar at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943, Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the heads of state representing the Western allies on the atrocities and extermination of the Jews in German-occupied Poland. He delivered detailed accounts of the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto and the concentration camps to President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, Pope Pious XII among others. Tragically, his eyewitness testimony fell on deaf ears and the allies failed to respond in order to save Jewish lives.

Organized by the David S Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Consulate of Poland and the Kosciuszko Foundation, the highest level of homage was paid to Jan Karski on Sunday morning July 18th, amidst an audience of over 150 people. Alex Sotorzyntoski, the executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation introduced the proceedings by delivering a brief historical biography of the namesake of the foundation, Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817). “The Polish people are very proud of their heroes and patriots and one of them is Thaddeus Kosciuszko. In 1776 Kosciuszko volunteered to fight in the American Revolution. Because of his military training in Poland, he acquired the knowledge to build forts and even helped build West Point. He was a true idealist and pointed out the hypocrisy of Thomas Jefferson for owning slaves while staging a revolution of freedom and justice. After the revolution, he went back to Poland where he began a revolution to free serfs and Jews and 20 percent of his army in Poland was composed of Jews”, said Mr. Sotorzyntoski.

A representative of the Polish Consulate read a letter from the Polish Consul General lauding the extraordinary lifetime accomplishments of Mr. Karski. “He was and is a beloved hero of Poland and the Jewish people. He risked his life to complete his mission as a messenger of truth from occupied Poland. He was a moral giant whose life exemplified the highest principles of righteousness in the face of horrific adversities. As a professor at Georgetown University, he taught his students the lessons of strength and courage and exhorted them to stand up for the weak and oppressed.” Referring to the monument that was erected in Karski’s honor in 2007 in front of the Polish Consulate in New York, which depicts Karski sitting on a bench, the representative intoned, “The younger generation should take a figurative seat next to Karski on the bench of decency and emulate all that he stood for.”

“There are 35 states in our country that require a Holocaust educational curriculum, yet we never learn about the American response to the Holocaust”, declared Dr. Rafael Medoff, renowned historian, prolific author and director of the Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. Dr. Medoff introduced a new 10 minute animated film entitled, “The Messenger From Hell – The Jan Karski Story” that was produced in cooperation with The Wyman Institute, the Disney Company and ABC News.

The chilling account of Karski’s meetings with leaders of the Western world speaks directly to the apathy and indifference of the American government during World War II as it pertained to the plight of Europe’s Jews. Narrated by Stan Lee of Marvel Comics and illustrated by Neil Adams, a comic book artist who re-designed the Batman image, the film depicts the Karski’s arduous odyssey as a Polish diplomat who was taken hostage by invading Russian troops and then released in a prisoner exchange to a unflinching and devoted messenger of the truth, who placed his life on the line to save Jewish lives. Through his connections with the Polish underground, Karski clandestinely traveled to a transit camp outside the infamous concentration camp of Belzec and personally witnessed Jews being subjected to the savage barbarism and sadistic cruelty of the Nazis. Karski also reported that, “100,000 Polish Jews died of starvation in the Warsaw ghetto and in only seven weeks, 265,000 Jews were deported to extermination camps.”

Professor Laurel Leff, a professor of Judaic studies and journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and author of the groundbreaking monograph, “Buried By The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper” said, “Karski struggled to provoke and sustain the plight of the Jews in Europe despite the fact that the media neglected to cover it with the degree of gravitas that it deserved. It wasn’t until December 18, 1942 that American newspapers started to condemn the Nazi war against the Jews. The New York Times buried the story on its inside pages but the Jewish leadership assumed that this would prompt the government to take action and they did not. Karski personally met with reporters from the Chicago Tribune, New York Times columnist Walter Lippmann and even had direct communication with the managing editor of the Times when he came to America is 1943.”

In 1944 Karski published “Story of a Secret State” in which he related his experiences in wartime Poland. The book was initially to be made into a film, but this never occurred. The book proved to be a major success, with more than 400,000 copies sold in the United States until the end of WWII.

“It has taken 67 years to bring back this wonderful man to the attention of the people”, said Sigmund A. Rolet, leader of the Jewish renaissance in Poland today, a Holocaust survivor, and the Chairman of The Museum of the History of Polish Jews. “Karski’s failure to elicit a concrete reaction from world leaders should serve as a great lesson to us concerning the world’s attitude about genocide and the Jews. Karski was a zealous and undaunted emissary and he managed to reach America and personally tell this “God of ours”, Franklin Roosevelt about what he had seen with his own eyes and Roosevelt responded with callous indifference. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter even told Karski that he could not believe him. Today, our youth is abysmally ignorant of who Jan Karski was. Only three students out of 200 political science majors knew who Karski was and what he stood for and only one professor knew the story of this great man”, he ruefully observed.

“We must work assiduously to promote and preserve the memory of Jan Karski,” said Ewa Wierzynska of The Museum of the History of Polish Jews that will open in Warsaw in two years. “Karski must be established among the pantheon of great men of the 20th century. His glorious legacy must live on by teaching his lessons to the younger generation. Genocide is still a reality in today’s world and each day we hear from those despots who would commit genocide again, if they were allowed. Clearly, Karski’s mission is unfinished. Let us act now before it is too late.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Homosexuals Step Into Immigration Reform

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Now the liberal left wants special immigration status granted to homosexuals wishing to come to our country (or in line with the liberal immigration mantra, granted to those already here ILLEGALLY). Unbelievable!!

A pro-family activist finds it absolutely outrageous that a coalition of pro-homosexual and pro-illegal immigration lawmakers is pushing a bill that would give special immigration priorities to practicing homosexuals from other countries who want to settle in the U.S.

The coalition is a veritable “who’s-who” of the liberal left, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. They are urging their colleagues to vote in favor of the “Uniting American Families Act of 2009,” which is designed to allow illegal immigrants with American family members to stay in the country.

Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), explains that homosexual activists are trying to hop on the bus of the illegal immigration movement under the rubric of immigration reform.

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“Living The Christian Life In Hard Times” by Jack Kelley

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Good advice that all of us should and must take to heart. I know it’s hard to do, but in these last “hours” we must live like Christ instructed us.

There’s no doubt we’re living in some of the most difficult times of our generation. If experts are correct it’s been 2 ½ years since this recession officially began, and many workers have already exhausted their jobless benefits. But others are just now being laid off and according to projections another million families will lose their homes in the coming months, so it’s not over yet. It’s a sobering thought, but the Bible offers some sure fire advice on living in hard times. Let’s take a look.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:25, 31-33)

Right from the start let’s be sure we understand that the opposite of this promise is also true. If you’re not seeking His kingdom and His righteousness you shouldn’t expect His provision. Here’s what Paul said about believers still following the ways of the world.

But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.(1 Cor. 5:11).

In the verses surrounding this one Paul made it clear he wasn’t talking about unbelievers here. He said it wasn’t any of his business to judge those outside the Church. God will see to them. Neither did he say anything about these brothers losing their salvation because of their behavior. His point was their unconfessed sins have put them out of fellowship with God which has deprived them of His blessings, one of which is the support that comes from associating with other believers.

So, how do we make sure we’re seeking His Kingdom and His Righteousness so we be confident of His blessing? Let’s find out.
First Seek His Kingdom

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

Good advice, and Paul’s words prove that we have a choice when it comes to our behavior, but how do we exercise our choice?

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.(Ephesians 4:22-32)

But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:8-10)

We seek the Lord’s Kingdom by choosing to put off the ways of the world and allowing ourselves to be conformed to His likeness. This is not working to earn our salvation, or to keep it. It’s following the Holy Spirit’s guidance, letting Him renew us to be more like Jesus, in gratitude for the salvation he’s given us. Remember, these verses were written to believers, admonishing us to modify our behavior so we act like the new creations we already are (2 Cor. 5:17), members of God’s royal family.

Pity the Holy Spirit, who’s been sealed within us and therefore has to endure first hand exposure to all our tawdry behavior. It’s bad enough that we grieve Him by accident. Let’s not do it on purpose.

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“Lawlessness: The Last Stage” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Dispensationalism is one of the driving forces of the end times. This fancy word simply means that God has a set plan for human history, one that has events following a script that He has established. It has been my observation that judgment has its own dispensation. The three stages are the lack of apologetics, the demise of moral leadership, and lawlessness.

Apologetics is the ability of the church to police itself. Today, it is considered a sign of rudeness for someone to poke into the beliefs of other Christians. In September of 2004, I wrote an article that pointed out that apologetics is dead. “In order to defend true Christianity against the encroachment of error, people must be active in finding the wolves who dwell amongst the flock,” I said. “Sadly, ‘apologetics’ has become a dirty word. Few Christian leaders want to be the bad guys. They would rather make friends with the enemies so they won’t lose out on financial opportunities that come with these alliances” (“Nearing Midnight,” 9/27/04).

Moral leadership is what the church has long provided society. Many people claim to be moral leaders, but few are able to fill the role. A moral leader is someone who has the authority to strike fear in the hearts of a private or public organization. It wasn’t too long ago when it would be considered a sign of insanity for a corporation to endorse a gay or lesbian event. Today, Fortune 500 firms are lining up to sponsor such wickedness.

Lawlessness is the end of the road. With the church having failed in its duties, we should expect a total breakdown of the government’s ability to maintain civil order in society. Lawlessness was why God destroyed humanity with the Flood. The Bible tells us:

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:11-13 KJV)

Scripture tells us that the Last Days will be indicated by lawlessness:

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

The “man of lawlessness” is another reference to the Antichrist.

I America is at the beginning stage of lawlessness. One of the early indications of the onset of lawlessness is having laws that the government is unable or unwilling to enforce. Here are several examples:

* The city of Oakland, California has announced it will not respond to certain types of crime. Because of the forced lay off of eighty police officers, Police Chief Anthony Batts said his department would no longer respond to calls for forty-four types of crimes and emergencies. Oakland residents will have to go online or to a station to report burglaries, grand theft, identity theft, vandalism, and even loud parties.

* The state of Arizona has been in the hot seat over its illegal immigration bill. Arizona passed the law because the federal government is not doing its job to combat the problem of people violating our immigration laws. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointed out that cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on illegal immigration–commonly called sanctuary cities–are violating the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

“President Obama’s administration has chosen to sue Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law and not sue local governments that have adopted a patchwork of ‘sanctuary’ policies that directly violate federal law. These patchwork local ‘sanctuary’ policies instruct the police not to cooperate with federal immigration officials,” she said.
* Our laws against illegal drugs have been severely compromised since the advent of medical marijuana. Pot dispensaries have popped up in dozens of cities. To get prescribed marijuana, one only needs to cite a vague feeling of pain. When you have San Francisco’s Department of Public Health setting guidelines for marijuana brownies, you know it’s all one big joke. Many cities are more interested in the tax revenue than they are about public safety. In November, Californians will vote on a measure that will make legal the recreational use of pot.

The presence of Christians on earth may be the only thing preventing the world from sliding into total lawlessness. When Jesus calls the church home, our enemies who desire to see our departure may regret having their wish granted.

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:37-39, KJV)

— Todd

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