German Christians were scrupulous about social justice...
(Tim: Yesterday, our eldest son, Joseph, sent this to his old college friends.)
My grandfather, Joseph Tate Bayly IV, wrote a short article back in 1961 for his monthly column, "Out of My Mind," that ran in Eternity magazine. I start with an excerpt from that article. If you would like the whole article, just ask.
What do the Jews remember?
A trench two blocks long, 12 feet wide, six feet deep, "filled to overflowing with bodies of women, children, old men, boys and girls in their teens . . . frozen pools of blood . . . children's caps, toys, ribbons, baby bottles and rubber pants . . . torn off hands and feet . . . everything spattered with blood and brains." (Russian officers' evidence, Trial of the Major War Criminals, VII, 494, quoted by, Malcolm Hay, Europe and the Jews, Beacon Press, 1950.)
Another time, another place. Here a great mound of earth, several hundred feet long, more than six feet high-- "a good shooting range." Several trucks packed with people, other people of all ages undressing, piling their clothes and shoes in neat bundles . . . guards with whips . . . the sound of shooting behind the earthworks.
"The mothers undressed little children without screaming or weeping. . . They stood around in little family groups, kissed each other, said farewells, and waited. I watched a family of about eight persons, a man and woman about fifty, with their grown up children . . . An old woman with snow-white hair was holding a little baby in her arms, singing to it and tickling it. The baby was cooing with delight . . ."
And then the SS man on the other side of the mound shouted, and the next batch of people-including the family of eight-was led through an opening and down into a pit nine feet deep. There, lying naked on top of other naked Jews dead and dying, they were shot in the back of the neck. (Evidence of a German witness, Ibid.)
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Soon after the end of World War II, I was in Europe for a Christian student camp. In the cabin for which I was responsible were six or seven German students, all of whom had served in Hitler's army.
Several of these young Germans had come from Christian homes. One night we were talking about the war, and they told of refusing to take dancing lessons because their parents had taught them that dancing was wrong. This decision had meant sacrifice, they said, since social dancing was required of officer candidates and they had thus missed out on promotion.
Dear brothers! Today in the United States, we slaughter 1.3 million babies every year. That works out to a Jewish holocaust once every 4.6 years. We have been doing it at these rates for more than 30 years. How many holocausts must we harbor before we have shed enough innocent blood?
The Nazis are not justified by saying,
Don't you know that there is more than just the issue of the Jews? The issues are more complex than that! What of the poor in this country, who cannot afford housing? What about the sick and malnourished? Don't you care about these people? Don't you claim to be a follower of Jesus?!
Supporting a murderous political agenda with such an argument is tragic!
And what do we know about Obama? He is the single most anti-life proponent that has ever run for the office of president. He is not only an advocate of abortion--he is an advocate of the brutal murderous practice known in our clean political speech as "partial-birth abortion". That is, he promotes doctors helping mothers deliver their baby feet-first and then, before the baby's head comes out, stabbing through the back of the baby's skull into the brain, and killing him.
As horrific as this is, it gets worse. What happens if the "doctor" screws up and accidentally just maims the baby and he is born alive? Can we at least agree that this living baby is not to be murdered in cold blood, but to be given care as a living human being?
No. Obama has repeatedly fought a law in Illinois that would have protected aborted babies that were born alive.
I am not a one-issue voter in the sense that indicates I am an ignorant fundamentalist who only cares about one thing. I believe in protecting the environment. I believe in caring for the poor, the orphan, the widow in her distress. These are some of the so-called "issues" that many of us use to justify voting for Obama. How can we possibly claim it is Christian love for the poor and helpless that motivates us to vote for such a man when he is so committed to the killing of the most helpless among us?
I'm at a loss for words.
A couple of weeks ago I was digitizing very old recordings of my grandfather, and I heard him talking about being at this camp in Germany. He ended by pointing out that the young men had said they grew up in churches that taught them that dancing was wrong. My grandfather's lament: "Didn't their churches teach them that killing Jews was wrong?"
The blood of millions of innocent children is on our hands as a nation. I pray today that someday soon, the world will look back on the last few decades, lamenting: "Didn't their churches ever teach them that murdering babies was wrong?!"
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” -Proverbs 24:11,12
The Lord have mercy on us all.
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P.S. If abortion is not truly evil, what I have written above is not very compelling. Since I know some of you are not convinced of the evil of abortion, I would be remiss if I did not give some support for that presupposition. You might say that "it is impossible for us to know when life begins." The arguments against abortion have been made by better men than myself, and I do not want to wear out your patience, so I end simply with this. I beg you to actually read these few short verses, and determine whether you can in good conscience say, "The Bible is not clear on this issue."
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalms 139:13, 14. [Tying the soul (inmost being) to the body prior to birth.]
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” Luke 1:41-44. [Attributing the emotion of joy to an unborn baby.]
If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” Exodus 21:22-25. [Causing a premature birth (where everyone ends up healthy) results in a fine. But if that premature birth ends up killing or seriously injuring the unborn baby (or the mother), the same punishment is given as for killing or seriously injuring a grown man or woman.]
The Bible is clear. It is our consciences that are not.