Is there anything in your past you’d rather remain in your past? Were there things you did or said as an 18-year-old that don’t necessarily reflect who you are today?
There are any number of things I said and did as a teenager that aren’t indicative of my character today. At least, I hope they aren’t.
Eighty years ago, eighteen-year-old Yaroslav Hunka joined the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division, a division of the Nazis SS.
Hunka says he volunteered to defend Ukraine against the advancing Russian army. However, the Grenadier Division was linked to war crimes in neighbouring Poland.
In 1954, Hunka and his new bride immigrated to Canada, where they’ve lived for the past seventy years.
Last week, Mr. Hunka was invited to attend parliament by the speaker of the house and was honoured there as a great Ukrainian and Canadian hero. Oops.
The outcry across Canada and from around the world was immediate.
Yaroslav Hunka has discovered the biblical truth, “Be sure your sins will find you out.”
Perhaps those who have been so quick to condemn 98-year-old Yaroslav for the decisions made by 18-year-old Yaroslav would be wise to remember the words of Jesus, “He who has no sin, cast the first stone.”
Have a great week, and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.