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11.12.2005

Oh How Times Have Changed

I watched a documentary this morning while on the treadmill about FDR before the U.S. entered WW II. One portion of the film covered when FDR and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met aboard the ship Prince of Wales after a couple of years of letter writing. But this struck me as odd by today's standard: There they were in a grand ceremony. And they were surrounded by navy men each holding a hymn book and singing "Onward Christian Soldiers".

8 comments:

Andria said...

You just wanted us to know you were on the treadmill, right? Bragger.

Anonymous said...

Times have changed indeed Barry. In today's world, lawyers like yourself would make up some type of liberal propaganda and sue evryone holding a hymn book.

Anonymous said...

Isn't surprising that this hymn was sung considering the chorus of the song, "Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as to war....."

Some churches think it is a very militant hymn and seldom sing it.

Interesting.

:)

Anonymous said...

I believe the song says "marching as (if) to war..." not "marching to war". This refers to masses of Christians marching against all non-believers (like during the Crusades and the Inquisition). Remember, the Nazis were also mainly good Catholics and Protestants. It must have been difficult for God to decide which of these good followers to protect or kill.

Anonymous said...

Reading what happened in Germany and how rich, rich people got richer selling arms for both sides, it reveals how evil war is!

Anonymous said...

I think it is marching on to war

Anonymous said...

In the intersests of accuracy:

"Onward Christian Soldiers"
Words: Sa­bine Bar­ing-Gould, 1865. This hymn is sung at the end of the 1942 Acad­e­my Award-win­ning mo­vie, “Mrs. Min­i­ver.”

Music: “St. Ger­trude,” Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1871 (MI­DI, score).

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!

(I still don't know if the Germans also sang the song in either WWI or II)

Anonymous said...

Actually they had just concluded a "mass" aboard HMS Prince of Wales in August 1941.

There were a lot of Christians in Germany, a good many Lutherans. In his later writings Martin Luther expressed many anti-semitic ideas.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged by the Nazis for preaching against the Nazis treatment of the Jews.

I rather dought God would find it difficult to conclude who's killing who.