I don’t think that it matters because this is not about me. Crimes and atrocities will never cease to happen to members of each race. Most of us at one point in our lives will become aware of injustices. At this crossroads a decision is made based upon our level of concern. 3 actions can be taken. • The first action is to be an opportunist and take advantage of the suffering people and get on board with the persecutors to become partakers of their spoil in one way or another. This can be done directly by perpetrating the acts or indirectly by defending, funding, or denying the actions of such fiends. There are more of these people than we realize. Evil does exist in the world and this too we must not try to deny. The majority of these are the indirect supporters, who seek to get gain without appearing to be evil. • The second action is the opposite of the opportunist. One who seeks to defend the rights of the oppressed, or redress the wrongs of such. This action is accompanied by a sincere desire for truth. Not for the purpose of vengeance. Retaliation only breeds more hostilities. Such an end we do not seek. The old cliché remains: The truth will set us free. • The third action is no action. There are various reasons why one would not take action, but the foremost is the lack of love in one’s heart for his fellow man. The second is fear, which often is tied to selfishness because of the fear of embarrassment, slander, loss of reputation. Sometimes fear because of risk of injury or death to one’s self or family. We must find a way to get out of this category if we want to stand approved before our Maker at the last day. But truly as Jesus once said, “Whosoever shall seek his own life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his own life for my sake, shall find it.” And “greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends. Even so I lay down my life for my friends.” If Jesus refers to all of us as friends, and commands all of us to love Him and love our neighbor as the two greatest of all commandments, there is no excuse to be found in this category. The facts of the destruction of human lives in Armenia over 90 years ago exist whether we ignore them or not. However when this tree fell in the forest, there were few who published the story and even less who lived to tell the tale. The facts are clear but one thing is certain. No matter how plain the truth is, it is never undeniable. There are always ways to argue for or against anything. The truth is confirmed in the hearts of all the honest beyond any sophistry. There is a kind of person which doesn’t yet fall into any of those three categories; the one who is uninformed. Such people are not always but often oblivious because of the lack of desire for knowledge. Often our aspirations to gain knowledge and exposure are killed by our love of amusements. While amusements have their place, we should not let them ruin the balance of our lives. How often do we turn back to the “big game” after witnessing horrors on the news? Do we do it as an escape to the realities of life? Or do we just not care? Or are we so overwhelmed that we think there is just nothing we can do? While we should seek to enjoy life and it’s pleasures, it is vital to our happiness not to ignore human suffering where we can help alleviate it. We must seek to gain a true love for our fellow man; even our enemies. If our enemies saw that we did not seek vengeance against them, there are some whose hearts would be pricked to switch sides. It is better to have an enemy join your side than to kill one. This can only be accomplished with a true love for each soul of God’s children. When one has this love, they feel for the shrieking woman who has her baby murdered, even if she is not of the same bloodline. Words cannot fully describe the screams of children as they watch their parents butchered. Words cannot describe the impact of watching your wife raped before she has her throat slit. Words cannot fully describe the taste of your brother’s blood, mixed with tears and the smell of gunpowder. Or your daughter reaching for you as your vision fades into eternity hoping she will be alright. Words cannot describe the adrenaline rush as you run for your life unable to stop the fiends who steal the very boots off of your friend’s dead feet as you flee. Yet these things have happened. For the living what is left is also hard to describe, the hungry and thirsty cries of mourning children, wives and husbands. For such has happened to many large masses of people throughout the ages. The Armenians are not alone. All deserve our recognition and love. If we do not take the initiatives to help others, we will regret it forever. What will be our excuse? “I was watching the game.” “It wasn’t my country.” “No one I knew was involved.” “I didn’t cause that suffering.” Such responses we would do anything to avoid when questioned by Jesus. We would rather cease to exist. Well did scripture say that in that moment we would call upon the mountains to fall on us and hide us from the face of God. Yes there are fates worse than death. If that be our state we would have wished that we were the Armenians instead. Change must be made in our hearts first; then our homes, then our communities, then our government. Let the truth be broadcast, no matter the implications. In Jesus name, Amen.