Schindler's Parable

Oskar Schindler was not a religious man but he saved around 1200 Jews from almost certain death at the hands of Hitler and his henchman. He died penniless having spent his fortune saving Jews by bribing officials and caring for them.

Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ like to think that we would have done the same things that Oskar did, if we were in his situation. We can almost imagine ourselves standing up fearlessly to the evil reign of terror helping to hide Jews from almost certain death.

When asked why he did what he did, he was quoted as saying, "When you know people, you have to behave towards them like human beings ([1])." Is this the only thing that motivated this man to risk all of his material possessions?

In the movie Schindler's list*, there is a moving scene at the end of the war were Oskar breaks down just as he is about to escape after becoming a wanted man. He starts realizing that if only he had made more money he could have saved more people. The movie depicts the anguish he felt about being so selfish, even after he had saved so many. He goes through a list of what if's, what if he had sold his car, could he had saved more?

Oskar Schindler saved the Jews from almost certain death at the hands of  Hitler, an incarnation of evil. Christians are to save people from certain death at the hands of Satan, evil itself. Do the horrors of the concentration camps compare to the flames of Hell? Does the death of Jesus Christ motivate us less than the death of other people? Is Schindler's earthly reward greater than our Heavenly reward?

Have we used any of our material resources to preach the gospel to those who are going to Hell? How many people have we sacrificed for? Have we sacrificed for any? When this war on earth is done will we have any regrets? Could it be that Schindler did more with less?

*The movie Schindler's list is not suitable for young people. It might not even be suitable for old people.


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