Germany beginning to enjoy being German again

State Flag of Germany
State Flag of Germany

A recent article in the New Your Times caught my eye: “German Identity, Long Dormant, Reasserts Itself” (NYT, 9/10/2010).

The nation of Germany is beginning to become filled with a generation which does not feel angst over its past and which is beginning to realize that they are the citizens of one of the great nations of planet earth.  As the article’s author, Nicholas Kulish, writes:

German pride did not die after the country’s defeat in World War II. Instead, like Sleeping Beauty in the Brothers Grimm version of the folk tale, it only fell into a deep slumber. The country has now awakened, ready to celebrate its economic ingenuity, its cultural treasures and the unsullied stretches of its history.

Of course, those of us in the Living Church of God understand the role that Germany will eventually play in the iron-and-clay European Union in the years just ahead, and a Germany that is willing to flex its muscles will need to be a big part of that.

A Banner of the Holy Roman Empire
A Banner of the Holy Roman Empire

I have a great deal of German blood in my veins through my maternal grandmother, and I remember a great-uncle of mine who despaired much due to what he remembered of World War II.  The experience brought him to a state where he could no longer believe God exists, because he could not accept that God would ever allow the things he saw in Germany during that horrible time.

The German people are a strong people, and it looks as though they are becoming more willing to admit it.  And regardless of the nation’s ultimate role in End Time events, I am reminded that Germany — modern-day Assyria — is afforded a special honor in Scripture when the days after these End Times are described and once Christ and His saints rule the world:

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.

In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

~ Isaiah 19:23-25

I think that a people as marvelously industrious and productive as the German nation will take it as a beautiful and humbling compliment that the God of all Creation will claim them as the work of His hands.

3 thoughts on “Germany beginning to enjoy being German again

  1. I never cease to be amazed at the people who doubt God’s existence because He allows us to do what we asked Him to let us do anyway and reap the consequences accordingly. Doubting God’s justice, as Job did – that I can understand. Doubting God’s existance – that is really an inability or unwillingness to face just how wicked and incorrigible human nature is. At least Job was willing to be corrected by God, even in his self-righteousness.

    This is not meant to be a personal slam against your great-uncle, Mr. Smith. I am reminded far and away not of his human nature, but of my own. Depending on our mental makeup, we can all trust too much in our logical and/or our ethical capacities, not knowing how limited and how immersed in negativity they are. Even those who have the best secular models of how this is so often don’t get the real point of what their own data implies.

  2. Norbert

    Rakkav,

    My father was a WWII vet but long before that war he became an Atheist because of the hyprocrisy within leading people of his mother’s church. And from what I gather WWII only reinforced his belief further. Yet in the waning last months of his life he had an opinion and a question about life after death, seeing that he was finally facing it. Something along these lines:

    ‘He certainly didn’t believe the Pope, nor for that matter what Billy Graham or Herbert W. Armstrong said about life after death. In his mind all of them were nothing more than gangsters trying to rob people through persuasive words. But if there is life after death, what is it? It must be something else.’

    I believe none of us is capable of bringing down the gavel and once and for all, having proof beyond a shadow of doubt that God exists thereby quashing the creation vs. evolution debate on our own (Job 40:9-13). He is busy working in every individual person’s life far beyond what you or I are capable of.

    So given my natural father’s dieing beliefs, I have a lot of hope for not only him, but people like Richard Dawkins as Ezekiel 37 points towards.

  3. Hi Norbert,

    I don’t think the apostle Paul would agree with your next-to-last paragraph. The issue isn’t whether God is working in all our lives beyond our capacities; that’s a given. But neither is it a matter of God’s existence or the fact of creation being unsettled beyond human reckoning, and for the same reason. God Himself has revealed His existence through the creation to everyone from the beginning of the world, including the intellectual elite of Pauls’ day, so that those who deny God’s existence vis-a-vis nature are without excuse (Romans 1:18ff; cf. Psalms 14, 53). This wasn’t the only statement that Paul made about the witness of creation to man and particularly to Israel about God (Romans 10:18, quoting Psalms 19:4).

    If there were any genuine room for doubt on our human parts on that basic level, then we wouldn’t be without excuse. Have you ever taken a good look at the apologetic literature out there that makes the case for theism, the Bible and Christianity? I’m sorry, but anyone who doesn’t at least become a theist after seeing that degree and kind of evidence truly has no excuse. Theism is the only basic philosophy that passes a close shave with Occam’s Razor – the only one that is truly self-consistent and self-authenticating, the only one based on every line of evidence there is and the simplest and most complete explanation for them. What do atheists have on their side by comparison? Absolutely nothing. They always end up explaining everything important away rather than explaining it. And the same goes for every other nontheistic philosophy and religion of man. Each one of them fails to stand the test at the very “trunk of the tree” of their doctrine.

    But once one gets beyond the basic revelation that God grants to everyone in nature, Satan – someone else who works beyond our human capacities – can interfere with our understanding more and more. Much unbelief in the Bible would be squelched if only (for example) professing creationists realized that the “gap theory” of Genesis 1:1-2 is not a “theory” but demonstrable fact. The Hebrew Masoretic Text (now that we have complete information on its “reading tradition” after 2000 years) can only be understood as saying “but the earth had become chaotic and disordered”, pointing to a time before man. “Without form and void” and such like fails to take into account how the Hebrew says what it says (in addition to several other uses of the idiom elsewhere).

    As for the rest, your late father’s viewpoint toward Mr. Armstrong reminds me rather of my late mother’s. They will have their chance for salvation, yes, but that isn’t the point either – and they will have some bitter repenting to do. What Mr. Armstrong did and how he did it spoke for itself. It wasn’t because of any evidence that people accused him of being just another wolf in sheep’s clothing – surely you must realize that. Mr. Armstrong was nothing if not authentic, even in his basic personality type. You might not agree with him, but you knew where he stood. To meet him was to know he didn’t have a dishonest bone in his body. Even Dr. Walter Martin, in his scathing doctrinal review in The Kingdom of the Cults, found nothing wrong with Mr. Armstrong’s character. So frankly, I don’t think either of our parents – by their fruits – had any (human) excuse there either, and only the fact that Satan blinded them through their human weaknesses will enable God to show them mercy (as He will most people for the same reason). This may seem paradoxical, but Paul spends three chapters of Romans dealing with that very sort of paradox. So does a comparison of John 3:17-21 (where “judged” is the proper reading) and John 6:44 in its context.

    Much can be understood as to how Satan misleads people if one understands their basic personality types (whicn incidentally relate closely to the lessons of the Beatitudes, as I’ve learned recently) and how they react to different kinds of stresses. Understanding my mother’s type makes a great deal of her approach to life and religion clear to me, and hopefully will help me help her in the future.

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