Pearl Harbor 

by Gerri Aylor (GiGi) January 1, 2018

 

It was December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 were wounded.

 

I was almost five years old… and then, I didn’t understand…

 

Later, I heard how my cousin Bert Hill was one of the Sailors who pulled men from the USS Arizona Battleship until the oil was too thick to continue. Still… the Arizona’s loss alone was 1,177 officers and crewmen. 

 

The leaders of Japan in those days wore a deceitfully smiling face in public and were supposedly in the process of negotiating for peace… but at the same time behind our backs they were planning war.

 

And… because the attack happened without a war being declared and without warning, the attack on Pearl Harbor was later judged in the Tokyo Trials to be a war crime.

 

In Matthew 22 Jesus said: …“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart… And then he continued with: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  We are all sinners who will stand before God either in our sin or in Jesus righteousness. Still, we can learn lessons from this tragedy..

 

When we live lives of deceit… wanting to uplift ourselves and put down others… When we smile on our face while planning attacks of bombs from within our evil heart… we too are committing a type of war crime against our neighbor who was created in Gods image.

 

Let’s love our God and our neighbor with a pure heart and without deception.