from Jesse’s Café Américain:
“I was satisfied that I wasn’t personally to blame and that I hadn’t known about those things. I wasn’t aware of the extent of the crimes.
But one day I went past the memorial plaque which had been put up for Sophie Scholl in Franz Josef Strasse, and I saw that she was born the same year as me, and she was executed the same year I started working for Hitler.
And at that moment I actually sensed that it was no excuse to be young, and that it would have been possible to find things out.”
Traudl Junge, Hitler’s Secretary
What is surprising is not that we are called to do so much, but rather, so little.
Love and be grateful to God, treat people as you would like to be treated with respect, kindness, mercy and forgiveness. Do not lie or steal or cheat, do not be proud and look down on your fellow creatures, and act with honor and respect for the gifts of His creation.
And when we fail through weakness, we are readily forgiven if we are but genuinely repentant for our misdeeds, by action or omission.
But all too often we bargain away our souls, one piece at a time, rebelling from even these small and reasonable requests to goodness— and for relatively so little in return. A little more money, some prestige and recognition from the worldly, and a feeling of being superior to the rest of humanity. They are fools, but I am smart, and fully deserve everything that we have been given, owing nothing to anyone, including God.
And we may hold on to that poisonous bargain out of stiff-necked, stubborn pride and a willful blindness to repent and admit our errors, until we fall into the abyss, often bringing our family and friends with us. Misery loves company, and the sinful insulate themselves from a recognition of the foulness of their hearts by attempting to convert those around them to the same wickedness.
You will serve what you love the most, and sacrifice for the love of what you serve. Whether it be God, a political ideology, yourself, or some other idol of the world. No one can serve two masters equally.