The War on God was a book written in the 1930s describing the state of religious faith in Germany. This book note only describes the hatred which the still young Nazi government and party had for Christianity, but more important it described how Christianity had declined in Germany before the Nazis came to power. This opinion was reflected in many other books written during this period by other observers from free democracies writing about the condition of Germany before and after the Nazi rise to power.
Why does that matter to us today? Because what we are witnessing in America is too much like what the world witnessed in pre-Nazi Germany during the 1920s and 1930s.
Consider the condition of Germany before the Nazis came to power. Music was considered to be atonal, ugly and strange. Art and entertainment were descried as “sickening” by outside observers. Abortion was commonplace. Sex was not just casual but vicious. Entire high school graduating classes of German girls demanded, upon graduation, that the school principal supply them with birth control devices. Weird cults flourished. How did Germany get into this sad state?
The culture had turned sharply against God.
Price Collier, in his 1913 book, Germany and the Germans, notes that before the First World War began, Germans had lost all living faith and considered themselves little gods.
Does this sound familiar? Abortion? Sick entertainment? Adolescent promiscuity? Music that is anything but music? Vicious and impersonal sexuality? The dying or silencing of faith? If this does not sound familiar, then you must be living on the moon. The war on truth, on values, and on faith is the most conspicuous fact of modern culture. And underlying that war now and then in Weimar Germany is a profound sense of thanklessness.
America today is comfortable, safe, sophisticated and prosperous. What any American ought to feel is what the Germans of 1930 ought to have felt: thankfulness – Thanksgiving to God, to those who preceded us and through whose blood and sweat we have America, and thankfulness that we have been born here, instead of having to trek through deserts like millions of Mexicans to get here.
But Thanksgiving, almost by definition, requires a sense of humility and inferiority. None of us “deserve” our good lives: it has been given to us by God or, if you are not theistically inclined, it has been earned for us by men like Washington and Jefferson. The sense of how well life is for us is a powerful tonic to the bile of Leftist whining, pontificating on minutia, lying and destroying.
A radical Leftist life Hitler could never have come to power if the German people had been thankful for all that they had. A radical Leftist like Hillary can never come to power if the American people are thankful for all that they have. So this Thanksgiving, yell from the rooftops how thankful we are to be here, right now, where we are, in America.
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