Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ERNST KASEMANN'S STAND AGAINST HITLER
In 1937, Hitler called upon all German clergy and churches to support his vision for Germany and to give him full allegiance. NT scholar Ernst Kasemann defied Hitler and preached from Isaiah 26.13, “O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have ruled over us, but thy name alone we acknowledge.” Kasemann labeled Hitler’s demand as idolatry and called for German Christians to resist. As a result, the Gestapo arrested and imprisoned Kasemann. During his confinement, he wrote a biblical critique of Nazism that was published as “Hebrews: The Wandering People of God” in which he identified the church as a pilgrim community with no earthly fatherland. Rather than seeking peace with society, he contended that the church must be a community in conflict with society.