A Saint In Babylon

Ever feel like this? You think someday you might?

Picture for a moment that the sea of stiff-armed sycophants are citizens of the cosmic empire of darkness and that’s you in the middle of the circle. You’re in “Babylon” and while the rest are currying the favor of their king, you remain unbowed and unbelieving, steadfastly loyal to your eternal citizenship.

Right now it may mean you get overlooked for that promotion, uninvited to that block party or left out of the family reunion. Perhaps laughed at or ridiculed behind your back or under people’s breaths. One day it might very possibly mean your life.

This lone figure, August Landmesser, was a member of the Nazi party from 1931-1935, but sent up for two years’ hard labor for fathering children with his Jewish wife, thereby “dishonoring his race.” When released from work camps, he was placed in a penal infantry unit and met his end in 1944, either killed or missing in action. This picture was taken in Hamburg in 1936 and captures the conscientious objector brazenly refusing to join the others’ salutes. He is done with Nazism.

And what about us? Are we, as we like to say, in it but not of it? If we say that, then this is what it would look like. No, I’m not saying stern and meanly disposed. I’m saying…untouched. Unmoved. Unbending. Serene. Luther-esque even: here I stand; I can do no other…

Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord… 2 Cor 6:17, ESV

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, My people…’ Rev 18:4, ESV

2 thoughts on “A Saint In Babylon

  1. Over the past few years, I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about WWII, and especially Nazi Germany. It appears to me that history is beginning to repeat itself all over the world. I am most concerned about the rise I see in Anti-Semitism, which was a huge contributing factor in Hitler’s rise to power. Then I see the stupid knee-jerk reaction to Islam, the so-called “religion of peace.” I don’t even want to go there. Homeland Security declares Christians “terrorists” and so I guess they have forgotten who flew the planes into the Pentagon and the Twin Towers. Christians, we must oppose the evil our government is doing NOW!
    I insert a comment by Pastor Martin Niemoller after the end of the war detailing Nazi methods: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
    Christian, beware: The stakes for us are higher now. The Socialists now running this country are already gunning for us. They must be opposed!

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    • pasturescott says:

      I’ve read that quote by Niemoller, Walter. It really strikes a chord to be sure. Yes the powers that be are not amenable to biblical Christianity and, as we see, can be dangerous through despotic governments but they are slaves to the powers behind the so-called powers here on earth. Their powers are borrowed. They are puppets. The real danger is with satan’s empire for “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 Jn 5).

      The victory that overcomes the world (empire), same chapter btw, is our “faith.” This is how we oppose the realm of Satan: faith. And what is faith? It is, biblically defined, hearing God then doing as He instructs. There really is no other way…Trust and Obey anyone?

      The weapons of our warfare must include faith, hope and love. We may be called on to vote, picket and protest but these three must be fundamental.

      I love that you join the conversation here, Walt! Keep ’em coming, dear friend.

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