Happy Wednesday, Folks!!!
“What Germany and Haiti Have in Common: The Christian Church in Germany and Haiti, and The Great Moral Paradox of the Christian West”
From the late 1930 to 1940s, in Germany, many German churches and theologians supported Nazism and Hitler faithfully, leading to the annihilation of thousands of Jews. Comparatively, from the 1950s to 1970s, in Haiti, the Christian church, both Protestant and Catholic expressions, supported the Duvalier Regime relentlessly and many members of the clergy were in fact macoutes (boogeyman), leading to the execution of thousands of Haitians. (During the heyday of Hitler, many Jews traveled to Haiti to escape Nazism and were welcomed with Haitian citizenship.)
Interestingly, one of the great moral paradoxes in Church history in the West is that Christians have been supporters of dictators, totalitarian leaders, fascist leaders, slave masters, slave traffickers, and individuals who have committed horrendous crimes against humanity. In fact, some of them are/were christian dictators, christian totalitarian leaders, christian fascists, christian slave masters, christian slave traffickers, etc.
Jesus was correct when he warned his disciples,
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21).
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).
He even denounced the evil practices of “church leaders” and the “theologians of the church” by declaring:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness” (Matthew 23:27-28).
“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely” (Luke 20:46-47).
*** Do not follow Jesus at a distance; rather be a faithful imitator of Christ, have the mind of Christ, and let the spirit of Christ dwell in you!