David Gushee wrote a book called The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust. He studied people in Europe during WWII who rescued Jews from the Nazis. The rescuers often harbored the Jewish people at tremendous personal risk. If the rescuers were caught keeping Jews, they were often executed themselves. Gushee wanted to know if Christians lived out their faith. He wanted to know if Christians did more for Jews than non-Christians did for Jews. He found that many Christians reached out to help the Jews during the Holocaust. But he also found that many people who called themselves Christians did nothing. They let the Jews go to the concentration camps and die there.
He discovered several common denominators in Christians who acted on their faith. They were people deeply committed to Jesus Christ. They were people whose lives were filled with prayer and bible study and worship and relationships with other Christians. Most importantly, they were people who wanted to please God. They were people who knew that someday they would face God and give an account of their lives. They did everything they could to be ready for the day of judgment. The author tells about a Jew who was rescued by a Dutch Christian. The Jew wanted to know why the Christian would take such a risk. The Christian said, “Can you imagine Judgment Day? The Lord would ask me: ‘What did you do when the Nazis were tormenting people?’ and I would have to answer sheepishly, ‘Nothing, my Lord. I had other things to do.’”
Can you imagine Judgment Day? The Lord may ask, What did you do when you saw people in need? What did you do when I told you to love your enemies? What did you do when I told you to serve me and not the god of Money? What did you do when I told you to seek first the kingdom of God? How will you answer those questions on Judgment Day? I hope we won’t have to answer, “Nothing, my Lord, I had other things to do.”
Matthew 7:24-27. “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”