Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shame on German Lutherans

Last night I watched a television program about the German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.  I was appalled by the accounts of entire villages of men, women and children being rounded up and murdered.

How could a Christian nation commit such depraved atrocities?

How could a Lutheran nation commit such depraved atrocities?

I just don't understand it.  How could Lutheran German soldiers have committed these horrific crimes?  It is incomprehensible to me that any Christian, and even more so, a Lutheran, could kill innocent women and children.  How can you kill someone for no other crime other than for being a Jew or a Slav?  How was Hitler able to erase from their consciences what these young Germans had learned as children in Lutheran catechism?  How was he able to erase from their consciences what they had memorized in the Ten Commandments:  "Thou shalt not kill"?

I have always been proud of my German heritage.  Watching that television program made me sick and ashamed.

God forgive the German people.   God forgive German Lutherans.

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