Never again! by Jobst Bittner
The Bible says, “For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Ex 20:5-6)
Lord, I hear the cries of 6 million of your people. Men, women, children — murdered, annihilated in the Holocaust and burnt. We confess these atrocities as sin and humble ourselves before you in shame. You have heard our plea and our repentance has come before your ears.
Lord, I see black smoke. It rises up and spreads out like a veil of darkness over our nations again! This dark veil is the sin of our silence! Just as we Germans have remained silent, the peoples and nations are silent once again. Again, your people Israel is hated, despised and rejected — and yet we remain silent — even in the church. We are silent — concerning the sin of our fathers. We remain silent — and behold — the black smoke is covering us again.
From the land of unmerited grace, we are calling out — Nations arise! For Zion’s sake, open your mouth! Never again — slander, hatred or death! Israel — we will never forsake you again! You are our inheritance, our love, the blessing for all nations! Listen! Receive the word! It will pervade your spirit. No more silence! Never again! Never again! Never again!