Providence has caused me to be Catholic, and
I know therefore how to handle this Church.
-Adolf Hitler, reportedly to have said in Berlin in 1936 on
the enmity of the Catholic Church to National Socialism
My lantern of curiosity is lit when I hear personalities subtly attack others for their Faith yet, the victims so esteem their culprits that they can neither refute nor educate their attackers. There are millions that believe that no untruth could be spoken by Apostle Oprah Winfrey, Bishop Whoopi Goldberg or Imam Mohammed Ali. How is it that Faith leaders become so bleakly silent when Oprah, Whoopi and Ali present such fool hardy propositions as "Jesus Isn't the Only Way to God", "Hitler was a Christian", "It's Nature for the Races to Be Separate"? Their success in entertainment, business and athletics assures a public trust against challenges to the integrity of their responses on the must substantive issues of the day. Their words so sacred, anointed by network chiefs and hundreds of millions of world viewers, that to act as a "Berean" against their world standard is sacrilege.
Media personalities, endorsing and reciting anti-Constitutional and anti-Biblical rhetoric, find it easy to adjudicate believers' doctrine in the Court of Public Opinion. The Trials by media groups, public relations agents and reality television icons have become the foundation of knowledge of all things social, political, economical and even Biblical. Gone are the days of men and women relying solely on the exegesis of the Living Word of God. We are now subject to the fantastical isogies and culturally sensitive Scriptural extrapolations by MTV theologians that seek to build Twitter and Facebook "Likes" from racy communique and ratings generating news-ploitations. No greater condemnation exists than to speak truth of Faith to a world that has convinced Christians that they have so much more to be ashamed of because unlike any other religion our Faith points to a Savior that so loved the world that He gave His life as the Perfect Propitiation for a doomed people. Maybe its time for common sense refutation of the latest jewel among Public Opinion Justices: "Hitler was a Christian".
Recently, an academician, concerned that The Exceptional One was practicing "Islamaphobia" per recent programming on the topic of Mohammedans terrorizing the City of San Bernardino, California. The Historically Black College or University Professor placed a picture on my Facebook Page that read,
A reporter asked Muhammad Ali, "How do you feel about the 9/11 hijackers sharing the same faith as you?"
Ali replied, "How do you feel about Hitler having the same faith as you?"
Slightly perplexed as to why I was Islamaphobically profiled, I provided this unique response:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HITLER WAS CLOSER TO BEING A MOHAMMEDAN THAN HE WAS A CHRISTIAN. IN FACT, HITLER HIMSELF SAID HE WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN
A little research before public ridicule goes a long way. Hitler was closer to Islam than Christianity. In fact, Hitler and his Third Reich condemned Judaism and Christianity. "In speeches, Hitler made apparently warm references towards Muslim culture such as: "The peoples of Islam will always be closer to us than, for example, France".
According to Speer, Hitler stated in private, "The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?" Also, "Similarly, Hitler was transcribed as saying: "Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers [...] then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world.""
Yes, my cousin, Hitler was not a Christian. He did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Just because a Mohammedan shows up at your Church does not reveal his personal relationship with the Creator.
Study to show yourself approved. Or at least stop depending on Bishop Whoopi Goldberg for your wisdom.
Picture: Hitler meeting Haj Amin al-Husseini,
the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Muslim Brotherhood Leader. December 1941
This did not quell the curious inquiry or brooding condemnation. He responds:
What are you talking about? I never said anything about Hitler being a Christian!
I hate that you spent all that time researching and writing all that meaningless stuff!
You see, it is not important to avail the fruits of knowledge and then, bowl them in a manner that is easily understood. A reasonable retort of a Utopian's inquiry must be dimmed by the dearth of confusion and sentimental misunderstanding. Ali was plainly making an assertion as have many over time have made that Adolph Hitler was a Christian at teh time of his destruction of Germany and massacre of over 6 million Jews. Hence, their is an "immoral equivalency". Christians have done bad things hence, they can not forthrightly complain against other religious zealots that have done evil. In fact, between Mohammedans and Christians, those that follow Christ are the greater threat based on past abuses and evils. A Christian can not speak ill of the religion of peace. The amazing message from a Professor at a Historically Black College or University is that any condemnation of terrorism is an offense against Mohammedans. Yet, you won't find too many Utopian HBCU professors defending Villanova University Professor Carol Swain for her wanton disrespect for college students' "safe places" by standing up for her Faith and conservative political opinions.
The greatest ill of all is the lack of retort from "Christian" leaders and men and women of Faith on the assertion that Hitler was a Christian. I am not a Judge of a man's heart at the moment of death. For easily, Hitler could have asked for forgiveness for his sins and I believe our God is faithful to forgive him. However, to presume his faith is to take no account of his deeds in comparison of the command of Christ:
Mark 8:34 King James Version (KJV)
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
God does not save by church, denomination or Bible school attendance. God saves by His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ. It is His Son that is the Living Word of God. It is the is standard of the Word that first, saves the world, then judges it. As Just as God is, he really does not need, want or desire His followers depending on warped interpretations to lead them to Him.
I am befuddled by the resistance of those that proclaim the Salvation of Christ but deny the power of the Belief in the Messiah. Daily, they listen to national broadcasters and tune, nightly, to network transmissions that promote the heresies that Peter, Paul and John found so threatening to new believers and warned against. Heaven hath no scorn as unto the Christian that adores a public figure and preaches a culturally sensitive Gospel. Whee are the men that deign titles, robes and honors in defending the doctrines of the Apostles and rescuing the saints from apostasy. The world's renown misspeak and the saints bend over backwards to defend them from the cruel soldiers of cynicism. The world's leaders publicly miscommunication of all things cultural. They soon find guard from public ridicule by those fearing the wrath of the popularity police or the ad hominem assaults of the politically correct. There appears only one thing that soothes the separation pain and anxiety that comes with Faith. It is following a socially acceptable diet of tolerable religious messaging. With Jesus at the Heart of all of the Answers to all of our inquiries, the Apostles understood that the Jesus they followed was the Creator. They did not rely on public opinion to preach the Truth. Jesus did not rely on public opinion to be the Truth.