“All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Romans 3:12 (NIV)
The Righteous Among the Nations designation is awarded to non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their families to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Rescue took many forms including: hiding Jews in the rescuers’ home or on their property, providing false papers and identities, and smuggling or assisting Jews to escape. In Canada, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and the Israeli Embassy or Consulate partner to present the medal and a certificate in a special ceremony to descendants of those who have been awarded the designation posthumously.
In a world that is divided by anger, violence and war, where too often neighbours can’t get along and courts are backed up with cases, there is one thing that unites us all, and ironically, it is the reason for the conflict that is far too common. Romans 3:12 says “’All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.’” There isn’t a single human being whose life isn’t marked by sin. Each of us have turned away from God and His calling to be holy as He is holy. Men and women go to great lengths to deny or ignore God because they want to live their lives as they choose and not according to God’s law. What they think is freedom actually enslaves them to their own passions and to guilt and shame. It is sin and selfish ambition that divides people from each other and from God. Fortunately, God has provided a way out, and His name is Jesus. When we put our faith in Jesus, He forgives us and heals the relationships that sin has broken.
These have been words from the heart.