History appears to be repeating itself. Adolph Hitler privately despised Christianity and the Christian church during his rise to power in pre-war Germany, and throughout his time as Germany’s leader. At that time, Christian pastors including Martin Niemoller, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer realized that the Christian Church inside Germany was under attack and would be co-opted and essentially destroyed by Hitler and the Third Reich. In 1934, they drafted and published the Barmen Declaration. The Barmen Declaration stated that Hitler and “the German state must not co-opt the Christian Church, that the sanctity and separation of the Church from the state must be clear.”
“All who signed this document were known as the Bekennende Kirche – or the ‘Confessing Church’ – and they declared it to be the true church in Germany, free from Nazi interference and submitted only to God.
But was is shocking to us today is that most pastors in Germany were not willing to sign it. […] Perhaps they – like so many in the American Church today – thought it safer to sit on the sideliines and do nothing, to see which way the wind was blowing, so to speak.”Letter to the American Church, Eric Metaxas, Page 43
The “good guy” in this epic battle who is bringing us closer to World War III is shutting down churches and arresting priests and nuns. Why aren’t Christian leaders in the United States saying anything about this travesty and, instead, endorsing it? Why is the media MIA on this story? How about American pastors? Instead, many US Christian Churches fly the Ukrainian flag as a symbol of virtue while ignoring Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s oppressive and antagonistic actions.
Late last year, Zelenskyy signed a decree enacting a National Security and Defense Council decision to impose personal sanctions against representatives of religious organizations ostensibly associated with Russia. Zelenskyy’s decree also mandated a state-sanctioned investigation into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, one of two Orthodox bodies in Ukraine.
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