Earlier this year I visited Munich, Germany. There is much to see but there is an unprecedented place to visit just outside the city. That place is Dachau, the first concentration camp ever built by the Nazis. My wife and youngest son had traveled with me to Germany. And my son asked if we could skip the visit because it would be so depressing.

He was right about it being depressing but I thought it had to be done. And depressing only scratches the surface of how awful it was. Nothing can really prepare you for what you will witness. The level of human sinfulness and depravity is unparalleled.

Dachau was built as a prototype for concentration camps. It was copied in many more camps throughout Germany and Poland. To use words like prototype and copy to speak of something so vile is incredible. The vastness of such evil is on a scale hard to comprehend.

We watched a film in one of the buildings. What was portrayed is hard to watch and even harder to believe. People were treated so inhumanely. The level of cruelty was beyond imagination. The refusal of basic human rights reflected the Nazis insane belief that the prisoners were in fact less than human.

The starvation and disease stood out amongst all the horrors. How could these Nazis watch their fellow countrymen suffer at the most basic level of survival? It is simply a reflection of the evil and wickedness that can inhabit the heart of men. There is no other reasonable explanation.

Six million Jews died in concentration camps. That number is remarkable. How any human being could have done such a thing to their fellowman can only be explained by Jeremiah 17:9 which tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.”

The reality is, though no single event as horrendous has happened since, there are plenty of other examples of wickedness. Terrorism is rampant around the world. Evildoers exist on every continent. Not to mention the way racism continues to this day.

And the sinfulness is not simply at a macro level. It exists in individual lives as well. I have recently witnessed firsthand two examples of sinful behavior I could have never believed would take place. It is shocking how we can deceive ourselves into believing sin is acceptable.

The only cure is Jesus. Only He can change a sinful heart. We have a terminal condition that can only be healed by Jesus. The sole remedy is repentance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Reach out to Him today and have your heart healed.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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