He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
And the power of the Lord was present…
Sometime ago I saw an old movie entitled VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, which was based on actual events. The story’s underlying theme centered around anti-Semitism in Europe especially in Germany. Approximately 900 passengers, mainly Jews were trying to find a country that would take them in as refugees. The boat left from Hamburg, Germany heading for Cuba; which at first seemed willing to take them into their country. However, after they got there, the government refused to admit them. They tried other South American countries, but were refused entrance into them, as well.
The Jews also asked the United States for entrance; but sad to say, our president denied them stating his country’s economy was already severely burdened. That was a damaging decision. Our constitution was based on the laws given to the nation of Israel by Moses. We also used their policy of how to relate to strangers and the poor and the fatherless within our borders. Now that these Jews were facing a life and death situation, we turned them away. I believe that, our president, at that time, made a bad decision, leaving the foundational principles of our country.
One certainty in that whole scenario is that the African American slaves built a sure foundation that remained strong enough to bring this country back from its difficulty. Afterward, they were purposely relegated to substandard; and it continues to this present day.
In terms of the Jews on the St. Louis, who initially had high hopes for a better life until they were denied entry into the United States and other countries, most of them, feeling hopeless ended up back in the hands of death─back in Germany. There was one scene in the movie that was very heart wrenching to me. A young boy and girl loved each other. They were excited at the prospect of making a new life in another country. When it didn’t happen they decided to intimately enjoy each other and then they committed suicide. This country failed to live up to its standards.
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