The Killing Fields
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick, who can understand it? -Jeremiah 17:9
What an enormous blight on civilization! There are too many such stains to count, but among the greatest are the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Unfortunately, there are so many in this ahistorical modern society who are completely unaware that such even took place. They are oblivious, and all the more dumb for their lack of true knowledge.
Little did the US Congress know when they voted to turn tail and run by ceasing all presence of our forces in South Vietnam and all resource support to our close friends and allies, the South Vietnamese, that they would thereby unleash monsters, communist extremists, on the vulnerable Kingdom of Cambodia right next door. Millions of Cambodian peoples were savagely slaughtered resulting in what are now labeled “The Killing Fields.
Any defense powerful enough and willing enough to stop this senseless, horrific mass murder, nearly comparable with the Holocaust leveled by Nazi Germany or the slaughter of many more millions by Stalin, was removed from this area when the US Congress capitulated. Many of those in Congress, unfortunately, never acknowledged their perfidy in not more honorably concluding the war in Vietnam, which had spilled over into Cambodia. The Killing Fields numbered 1.7 million slaughtered, and that is a very conservative number. Some really estimate 3 million.
The powerless UN only brought a handful of those responsible, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, up for charges. Pol Pot himself allegedly died in his sleep at the age of 72, being allowed by the world community to escape justice in this life, but never before the Judge of All!
We are accurately appalled when a mass murder in America reaches into the teens or even fifties of victims murdered, but what about these horrendous genocides of millions of men, women, and children? The evil is unspeakable! And yet these depravities happen, proving man’s own total depravity, and his inability or lack of any great commitment to bring truly evil men to justice.
There are many folks who come to Cambodia today to see the place where these men, if they can be called such, gruesomely tortured and slaughtered fellow human beings of all ages. What do these observers think and what do they ponder as they stand there observing, knowing what transpired there?
You can visit the torture compounds and gas chambers of the Holocaust, the places where millions are buried in mass graves in Eastern Europe, the result of Stalin’s orders, or the trench dug mass graves of thousands murdered by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in Hue and elsewhere. Such graves are found all over the world and most recently in Syria and Iraq at the hands of the murderous thugs called ISIS.
There is no let up. Man shows no evidence of getting any better. The only answer is to find the sole means of escape from man’s all-encompassing problem: a sinful heart and soul! As these horrendous examples of man’s evil depict, the sin-disease is as deep and wide and thorough as the imagination can flow. Only the cross can cut through this utter darkness to provide a genuine answer to the massive weight crushing the world.
When we survey the evil, all we can say is, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus! And set us free!
“And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him. One little word shall fell him.
(3rd verse of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, 1529)
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