I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day or night, ye that make mention of the Lord, Keep not silence… Isaiah 62:6
German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) wrote about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Among those targets in what became known as The Holocaust were the Jews—God’s own Chosen People. More than 6 million died…why? In great part because the army of Christians of that generation was silent.
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’