Walter Hinteler wrote:
Ask yourself what would have happened in 1940 had it turned up that the sermons for every Lutheran church in America were being beamed over here from Berlin on Friday afternoons. How long would the Lutheran church have gone on its merry way?
Until now, I thought, Hitler's attempt to control German churches led to the split of the German Lutheran Church and to the internment of some Lutherans (such as Martin Niemöller) in concentration camps and the execution of others (notably the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
Good, you're starting to catch on. So after the nazi takeover, you had an official Luthern church, and then some sort of an underground remnant of the normal luthern church which was persecuted thereafter.
Now supposed that in 1939 we (Americans) had come to a situation in which the sermons for all Luthern churches in America were being radioed over here from Berlin on Friday afternoons. Which of the two German Lutheran churches do you think would be the one radioing sermons over here. That's right, the guys in the concentration camps would not have been allowed to own radios, and it would be the official nazi-Lutheran church radioing the sermons over.
Likewise, it is the official Saudi/Wahhabi muslims faxing sermons over here to America today.
I can tell you with no hesitation whatsoever that Franklin Roosevelt would not have tolerated a situation like that for two seconds. The leadership of the Lutheran church would have been rounded up and put in cages, and the Lutheran church itself would have been shut down, its properties confiscated, and its adherants told that they had five days in which to find either another religion, or another country.