I picked up a James Michener book for the first time in years. I paid $1 at a thrift store, and yes, I’m a book-lover junkie. Michener’s extra-long books delve into the very heart of a location and takes forever to complete, but I’m about 1/3 way through.
By no means a historian, it appears that Poland suffered more than their share of attacks in the past 800 years. From the east in the 13th century, Genghis Khan and his fierce army; then from westward countries like Germany who expanded using the excuse of Christianizing; next attack marched in from the north, Swedes trying to gain control of the Baltic; then from south, Islam expanding. Each invasion ransackedvillages, burned castles, murdered thousands, raped, and slaughtered children. What a history.
Poor Poland, in the middle, did not defend itself very well. Another surprise. It was a Christain country from way back, despite Germany’s false attestations. Note the many cathedrals destroyed. Monks and priests killed.
According to Michener, the country faltered partly because of poor leadership. And they were surrounded by enemies on all sides. But why would God allow a Christian country to suffer so much? A tough question, especiallly knowing their problems in the last decade.
It reminds me of the verse, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corithians 4:8.
Christianity still stands. So does Poland.