As an “ever-maturing” Christian Pastor, I understand that the question of why God did not stop Hitler is complex and challenging. The atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazi regime were heinous, and it is natural for people to question how a loving and all-powerful God could allow such evil to occur. However, as someone who seeks to live a life of faith and balance between grace and judgment, I believe there are several points to consider when trying to make sense of this question.
Firstly, we must understand that God has given human beings free will. He has created us as rational and moral agents who can make choices and decisions that shape our lives and the world around us. This free will is a great gift but it also means that humans can choose to do evil and harm others. Hitler and the Nazis made a series of choices that led them down a path of destruction, fueled by their hatred and desire for power.
Secondly, we must recognize that God does not always intervene directly or visibly in human affairs. Sometimes, He allows events to unfold according to the choices people make, even when those choices have terrible consequences. This does not mean that God is indifferent or uncaring about suffering; instead, He works through people’s actions to accomplish His purposes, even amid evil and suffering.
Thirdly, we must remember that God is a God of justice and will ultimately hold people accountable for their actions. The Bible teaches that there will be a final judgment where all people will give an account of their lives and that God will judge each person according to their deeds. Those who have done evil will be punished, while those who have done good will be rewarded. This means that while we may not always see justice done in this life, we can trust that God will ultimately make all things right.
Finally, we must hold on to the hope that God is working to bring about a better future. The Bible teaches that one day, God will make all things new and that evil and suffering will be done away with forever. In the meantime, we are called to work for justice and mercy in the world, to care for the vulnerable and oppressed, and to bring God's love and compassion to those who are hurting.
In conclusion, the question of why God did not stop Hitler is difficult. Still, as a Christian who seeks to balance grace and judgment, I believe that we can find comfort and hope in the knowledge that God is working through the actions of people to accomplish His purposes, that He is a God of justice who will hold people accountable for their actions, and that He is working to bring about a better future. In the face of evil and suffering, may we find the strength to trust in God's goodness and love and work for a world that reflects His values and priorities. Amen!