Indoctrination: In·doc·tri·na·tion: inˌdäktrəˈnāSHən/noun: indoctrination, the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?”Colossians 2:20-22.
I just watched a movie about a young boy who befriended a Jewish boy who lived in a concentration camp in Germany during World War II.
His father was a high-ranging officer in the Gestapo, and had just been relocated near a prominent concentration camp.
The father’s young boy was very adventurous and had seen this young Jewish boy sitting down on the side of the fence at the camp. He visited him every day, bringing him food and conversed about their lives. He never knew that those beyond the fence were held in captivity, because of their race and creed.
Eventually the officer’s wife had decided to relocate her two children away from their home as she felt it wasn’t a good environment for them, because of the nearby prison. But in the mean time the young boy who was usually playing on his tire swing, snuck out with a loaf of bread and a shovel to visit the Jewish lad.
He dug under the electric fence and put on the stripped clothes that the Jewish boy had brought to him. They both went in search for the boy’s father to see if he could be found, but of course unknown to them, he had been gassed and killed in the ovens.
Eventually both of the two boys were huddled together, marched through the mud and rain, and brought into the chambers where many of the Jews had been killed. They died, as the mother wept bitterly knowing their fate, and the high-ranking German officer searched in vain for what conscience he still had.
I considered this story and wondered about the parallel of our own nation and time frame.
I realize that some have compared this new administration to that of Germany during the war many years ago. The reference may be subtle, but indoctrination is a thing that creeps into the hearts and minds of many.
It starts with a cry for nationalism and a thrust to make our land great. It begins with the exclusion of certain people and faiths, and ends up justifying actions in spite of bloodshed and violence.
May we learn the lessons of the past, or else our fate as a nation may be ripped apart by division, bloodshed, and heartlessness.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson ofIn His Truth Ministriescame to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?