"In this hour I would ask of the Lord God only this: that, as in the past, so in the years to come He would give His blessing to our work and our action, to our judgement and our resolution, that He will safeguard us from all false pride and from all cowardly servility, that He may grant us to find the straight path which His Providence has ordained.That He may ever give us the courage to do the right, never to falter, never to yield before any violence, before anydanger. I am convinced that men who are created by God should live in accordance with the will of theAlmighty.If Providence had not guided us I could often never have found these paths. No man can fashion world-history or the history of peoples unless upon his purpose and his powers there rests the blessingsof this Providence.""The Government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit."We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press-in short, we want to burn out the poison ofimmorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during recent years.""Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a generalmoral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people.""The Government will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built up. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality and the family as the basis of national life.The Government regards the Christian confessions as factors essential to the soul of the people. In. the schools, the government will protect the rightful influence of the Christian bodies. We hold the spiritual forces of Christianity to be indispensable elements in the moral uplift of most of the people."The Government regards Christianity as the unshakable foundation of the morals and moral code of the nation.The rights of the churches shall not be diminished.""Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise."
Adolph Hitler."The Speeches of Adolph Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1," Oxford University Press, (1942), Pages 871-872http://www.religioustolerance.org/quotes7a.htmPeople will say anything.
_________________James R Barnes
I have come to realize that my knowledge of WW2 is quite inadequate. Recently I was reading about how some Hutterites who had just completed their university training in Germany, returned to their community in Paraguay hopeful that Hitler would bring reform and welcome them back into the country after centuries as strangers in other nations. They were amazed at speeches like this. I had never heard of this aspect of Hitler’s propaganda but only his attack on true believers. I think that there are many evangelicals today that could be deceived by speeches like this and but for the grace of God, I could get caught up in it too. Situations like this show where one’s treasure truly is. Like the Paraguayan Hutterites, it’s possible to be physically out of your land and spend every waking hour working towards a spiritual goal but still hold reservations and hope in earthly powers. There is a story Leonard Ravenhill tells about a missionary returning to the US by steamer. His son who has never seen the US wonders why his father is so longing for the US. Ravenhill’s point was about seeing true revival but the story could also reveal the soulish connection to a land which is what those Hutterites felt when they were in Germany. It is fair to say that this is in all of us and is a natural longing. In the account of the Hutterites, it is the group who has just escaped Nazi Germany that puts their longings into perspective. They recounted to them the cost of living according to the Word in Nazi Germany. The Christianity Hitler described was at best an abstraction of the nominal religion God had set them free from. This group came as an example of what very early Anabaptists had been like, persecution and all. In this day and age, we not only need voices like that but to be it ourselves so that we too won’t get swept in.