Anne Frank was wrong…

Gobstopped by GraceAnne-Frank You’ve probably seen it somewhere. Maybe even been inspired by it.

“…in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

You can’t help but be inspired by her. Anne Frank was an amazing girl and wrote some very quotable things.

“I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.”

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, and to sing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” again and again.”
Oh, wait, maybe that last one was somebody’s remix.

Born in 1929, the young girl of the Holocaust penned her thoughts into her diary while secreted away with her family in a home in Amsterdam. This April 14th commemorated the 70th anniversary of her death at age 15 in the Bergen-Belson Nazi concentration camp.

Wise beyond her years and full of hope in a hopeless situations, she provides us, even today with the knowledge that people can find light in the darkest night.

But Anne was a girl, not a prophet. She was writing a diary, not holy writ. And as beautiful and wise as many of her thoughts were, one of her most quoted was, well…

wrong.

I don’t fault Anne. Plenty 14-year-olds don’t get much further than “OMG – did you see him?!!”

It is more about the adults who desperately want to grasp on to this message of everyone being basically good, who really want to believe that everyone, deep inside is just like a giant Tootsie Roll Pop, sweet and chewy at the core.

Actually, Anne also penned the following far more accurate statement but it doesn’t look nearly as nice on a coffee cup.

 
I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago!

There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.

Anne knew that Hitler and his armies were not enough to spread evil. Otherwise, it would have been stopped.

We like to think that we are better than that.

“If I had lived in Germany then…”

Really? Why do we think we are impervious to the indoctrination of falsehoods through empty rhetoric by an entrancing individual?

“I never would have done what they did!”

Really? Do we really think that Hermann Goering decided as a small child that he wanted to build concentration camps when he grew up? Or that a four-year-old Heinrich Himmler planned to wipe out an entire race of people?

These men were evil. And in a way that you and I cannot imagine, they gave in to the bloodlust within and allowed it to consume them.

However,

(and this is really ugly)

as much as I don’t want to think so, every man, woman and child alive has the potential for being another Himmler, Goering or Hitler.

In fact,

(and this is even uglier)

not a single one of us is one bit better than they were.

This literally make me want to puke.

I’m not them. I’m Anne. Sunny, optimistic, good in the face of all that’s bad.

Uh uh.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?”

And just in case we argue that it is entirely the fault of our environment, Jesus said, “For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come

base and wicked thoughts,

sexual immorality,

stealing,

murder,

adultery,

coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth),

dangerous and destructive wickedness,

deceit;

unrestrained (indecent conduct);

evil eye (envy),

slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness)

pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man),

foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness).

All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed.” (Mark 7:21-23)

Oh yeah, lovely. Nothing like an Angela mirror with a really nasty reflection staring back. With Hitler and his cronies looking over my shoulder.

BUT…

And this is one case where you want to look in the mirror and see a big but…

That nastiness is not what God sees.

There are no shades of gray when God views humanity. He sees evil and He sees righteous.

You, if you have asked for His forgiveness, you are righteous.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NKJV)

You, me, Hitler and Anne.

But every single one of us has the opportunity to be “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24)

I’ve got to requote that last part from the Amplified version:

“…justified

and made upright

and in right standing with God,

freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy),

through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus.”

Gratuitous grace.

There’s a beautiful phrase to take with you.

No matter how gratuitous your sin, His grace is more so.

People really aren’t good at heart. We are nasty, foul creatures. Every one of us.

But with the power of the redeeming blood of Jesus and through His gratuitous grace, He declares His children pure to the core.

Like a holy Tootsie Roll Pop.

So if you want to share inspirational truth, don’t tell people they are basically good. Offer them the chance to be righteous. Romans5_8

 

 

 


 

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A recovered prodigal and expert breeder of dustbunnies, I'm a wife and a mother who just wants to live all-out, whole-heartedly, full-tilt boogie for Jesus. Living life with abandon combined with the daily regimens of life can be hard - that's where grace comes in. Oh, I love the balance of grace.
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A recovered prodigal and expert breeder of dustbunnies, I'm a wife and a mother who just wants to live all-out, whole-heartedly, full-tilt boogie for Jesus. Living life with abandon combined with the daily regimens of life can be hard - that's where grace comes in. Oh, I love the balance of grace.

23 thoughts on “Anne Frank was wrong…”

  1. I seriously love your blog. You write truth, and that is extremely important. We need to be constantly reminded of what God’s word says, because the world is teaching a whole other message. Thank you Angela. Visiting from #raralinkup

    1. Oh Kortney, you speak music to my ears when you write this. I want people to read truth here because that is the way to freedom. (John 8:32) I really cringe when I see that quote because if man is good inside, where is the need for Jesus?

      Thank you for stopping by today.

  2. Wow – what a blessing! You have spoken much truth and insight Angela. It has challenged me and made me really take a step back and see how amazing grace truly is! Blessings my friend! 🙂

  3. This…yes this! >>>>>>>> No matter how gratuitous your sin, His grace is more so.
    thank you so much for the reminder…I need it DAILY! Visiting here from the Embracing His Will Link-up

  4. This is really well written and said. You brought me through the journey and I enjoyed it. It is hard to talk about our sinful nature in an intriguing and non-condemning way – but you did it! Way to go! Cheering you on big time from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  5. I look forward to the time I set aside to read your posts, Angela, they dig down deep and reveal gems of His truth. And this one is so important… the feel good/positive thinking culture would love for us to cast aside our story of redemption from sin and paint it up prettier than it really is. Thank goodness we have a God that transforms and sees us with the eyes of Grace!
    Thanks for bravely reminding us 🙂

    1. Thanks Christine. I always look forward to having you visit. Your encouragement – from a truthful heart – is always appreciated!

  6. This is real truth right here. I think when people say they believe in the good in people it’s because they want good in themselve. So, if they say it, maybe it will be true. They don’t want to see the ugly truth about themselves, that any one of us could be that evil at any time. If I were German living then, would I have the guts to stand up against the evil? Do I have the guts today?

    1. That’s a really good point. We project what we want or have onto others. I think differently because I have the Holy Spirit within me. Not everyone does. I don’t want to look at how I might behave in a situation so I assume the best in others. It is only through the enabling of grace that we are able to do good without selfish motives.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. I appreciate it!

    1. Yes, in her case, it probably represented hopeful thinking from a young girl. As mature Christians, we have to face tougher facts. Not so nice until you factor in grace!
      Thanks for stopping by – so glad you did!

  7. First of all Ann was Jewish and Judiasm teaches that God created Man and Woman in his own image and that God said that his Creation was good. Judaism AND CHRISTIANITY teach that all people are made in the image and likeness of God and that people are inherently good. Good people do horrible things. Our sin has separated us from God and that is why God set out His plan for our salvation through Jesus Christ. All of the Eastern Church and the parts of the Western church that did not follow Martin Luther believe that man is inherently good and All people are precious in God’s sight. We are all equal and deserving of dignity and respect. This is one motivation for our beliefs in social justice. Martin Luther was the one who when trying to reform the Church which no one denies was corrupt at the time threw the baby out with the bathwater and created new theology. He was indeed a Heretic. Anne’s beautiful insight shows her maturity and wisdom beyond her years as she understands the heart of her God as taught to her through her religion and as we should see all people ourselves. it is not “hopeful thinking” it is scriptural truth. God so loves all of us. God created us and said that his creation is Good. That is why God made the ultimate sacrifice to provide for our salvation. PS to pick on Ann Frank is in poor taste. To pick out someone else’s beliefs that you don’t agree with and write an entire sermon on them based on a narrow view of Christianity is well …… BAPTIST!!!!

    1. I can only rely on the beauty of Romans 3. It assures me that none of us are good but that God’s gratuitous grace “accepts as righteous him who has true faith in Jesus.” (verse 26, AMP) To me, accepting that man, thru sin, has totally messed up God’s original plan and is born with a sin nature is a freeing concept that better allows me to follow the two greatest commandments. If I know that I am only made righteous through the blood of Jesus, I am freed from struggling so hard in trying to be good on my own merits. Recognition of His grace doesn’t make me walk in shame or self-condemnation, just joy in His love and compels me to love Him even more. It also puts me on a level playing field. I’m absolutely no better than anyone else. God’s great grace is extended to one and all. I have no right to withhold grace or love from others either.
      As for Anne, I think she is very admirable and feel I stated so several times.

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