Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
As we consider WWII, the rise of Nazi Germany, and the horrific atrocities that came with it, I am reminded that it was not really that long ago.
People who lived through that nightmare are still here.
Still alive and still sharing their stories.
Still wearing the numbers etched into their forearms.
Still bearing the physical and emotional scars of an experience I can barely imagine.
The holocaust is not ancient history. In the grand scheme of things, it is recent history: so recent that it could almost be considered a current event.
We would do well to remember that every time we marginalize 'the other' we are only a few steps away from the horror that now exists only in black and white images.
That a society which justified imprisoning, murdering, and attempting to completely annihilate an entire group of people is just barely in our collective rearview mirror.
Jason Soroski is a homeschool dad and member of the worship team at matthias lot church in St. Charles, MO. He spends his free time hanging out with his family, exploring new places, and writing about the experiences. Connect on Facebook or at JasonSoroski.net.