Second Sunday After Trinity

In these months the Frech are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their great revolution of 1789. We Lutheran Christians in Germany, in whose vocabulary the word 'revolution' scarcely exists, probably have difficulty in understanding how people can celebrate an event which, from the purely human perspective, was a terrible outbreak of sin, and from a Christian perspective, was a dreadful judgment on humanity. But the French revolution is one of the most powerful events in world history, which has affected all Western nations, including Germany, and even the whole world. The revolution threw an idea into the world like one would throw a match into a pile of kindling. It is an idea which has burned in the hearts of millions of people for the 150 years since, which they took to as to a new Gospel, so that the idea directed their lives and whole nations gambled their destiny on it. It is the idea of the equality of all people.

According to this idea, all people are by nature created equal. The differences among people that give rise to hardship are human constructs. So, let us do away with them! Everybody should be equal - in power, wealth, and destiny. If someone should surpass his contemporaries in his achievements, off with his head, that all may be equal again! This doctrine of the French revolutionaries, like the doctrines of the Bolsheviks, seems to us to be ridiculous.

From a sermon preached on the Second Sunday of Trinity, 18th June, 1939.
Text: Romans 10:1-13.

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