The Soul of a Nation


In the late 1930’s, as Adolph Hitler was consolidating power in Germany, one of his major concerns was opposition by Christian leaders in the country. He called the clergy together, giving one of his famous speeches. In the speech, he stated that people, particularly those in his audience, need not worry about their souls.

While the following statements are paraphrased, their meaning is right on.

A single priest stood to confront Hitler. ‘Herr Hitler, we are not worried about our souls, for we know we are saved. It is the soul of our nation that we worry about.’

Image The silence of the assembled clergy behind him was deafening.

Seeing his opportunity, Hitler responded: ‘You may worry about the souls of people. I will take care of the soul of Germany.’

We know the result. Not only this assembled group, but people throughout the world stayed silent.

Nations do not have…

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