The Evening Star TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1914.
The ‘ Lokalanzeiger,’ which is published I at Cologne, and is said to be semi-official in its utterances, reports that the Kaiser addresses his troops daily, and that he invariably concludes with the declaration that the enemy will be beaten. The most notable feature, however, of these Imperial deliverances is that the name of God no longer obtrudes itself either ns the director of or partner in that loudly-vaunted mission which is to extend the blessings of German culture to a backward and benighted Christendom. That God before whom civilisation bends the knee and bows the head, the Almighty whom men adore as slow to anger and plenteous in mercy, has been dethroned, temporarily at least, and Frederick the Great, that unmitigated blackguard, as men are now beginning to call him, installed in His place. This crownod liar, thief, hypocrite, and infamously immoral autocrat has entered into his own at last. He has supplanted “our old God” and Thor and Odin, and to-day lie is proclaimed by William 11. of Germany as the one and only God of his idolatry. The Kaiser is wise in his day and generation. His appropriation of the Deity as a partner in the most savage attack ever made upon the liberties of men has for long been an offence and a scandal, but the world, though it can neither respect nor admire the devastator of Belgium, may think less hardly of him now that he has ceased to invoke God’s blessings on his crimes, and stands forth pure pagan. No man can serve two masters nor worship two opposing gods. He may think to do so, and, for a time, evade the issue; but the hour comes when his “ yea ’ or “ nay ” must he given, and a definite side taken. In olden time the prophet cried unto the people : “ How long halt ye between two “opinions? If the Lord'be God follow “Him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The Kaiser has halted long, but he has now definitely taken his stand on the aide of the biggest guns and the biggest battalions. In these he has put his trust, and to them he has committed the sanguinary task of hacking a way through to his coveted goal. Of Kaiserism such as this the world of late has learned only too much. By its fruits it must bo judged, and these are written in letters of 'blood and fire across the landscape of Europe. At times we are apt to think that the whole is but some ghastly nightmare that will vanish with the coming of the day. W’e have not realised the full intensity of the horror that is upon us. of our fellow beings arc daily engaged in mutual slaughter, yet other millions are the innocent victims of the results of that slaughter; and the wisdom, the labor, and the wealth of mankind are being turner! trom “ rivalries of peace ” and ruthlessly concentrated upon the multiplication of yet greater and more effective and hellish instruments of destruction. It is sheer intellectual perversity to attempt to shut our eyes to or to ignore the overwhelming nature of the con llict with which the L;npi re and Europe are faced. Nor i shall we attain a true perspective j if we affect to disregard the moral and the j spiritual elements that are involved. 1 There have been wars, perhaps the- majority of them, of which it could be said that tile numbers and material and their handling would decide the issue, or that tho effects following r-hoivon would not perceptibly change the order and current of the world’s being. Mon would continue to buy and roll and enjoy their lot much the same after as before. It is the unique distinction of the present wat that no such outcome can bo anticipated. It will not bo the same but another and a different world once the nations lay down their arms. Hence its tremendous significance. It is utilising and using up not alone the bodies of men, but their ! souls as well Behind all the apparent motives of the war and at the back of this or that Power's ambition there are those infinitely mono vital forces that w© unite to call moral and spiritual. The challenge of Germany is a challenge to Christian civilisation. You nations, says Germany, have founder! your empires upon what you call a Christian basis. You inculcate courtesy, sacrifice, service, individual liberty, international good faith; in short, government by ychat MQtinantalists are pieced to call
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honor, justice low. Well, we do not. Germany to-day stands for the supremacy of naked fore?, the denial of your faith and the right to make its claim good by the sword and the siege gun. You proj fees to stand for Christ, we have placed ourselves under the standard of Frederick; you talk of Galilee, we put our trust in Essen foundries, Nietzsche. in his insane hatred of a Christianity ho did not understand, wished to spit upon Nazareth, and a vision of this sinister figure, whoso virus has entered the veins of modern Germany, has been pictured standing behind a great Kvupp howitzer, and shouting: “ Chariot- “ ten burg contra Christ. I back Chariot“tenburg.” We repeat there is nothing that is new in these things. Germany, through her Kaiser, has been proclaiming them for years, - teaching them in her schools, systematising them in her universities, embodying them in her legislation. It is only England that has been blind. When Germany taught “Blessed “are the warmakers, for they shall take “possession of the earth,’’ England was discussing how to bring about a reduction in armaments. And when Germany cried “Ha voc, and let slip the doge of war,” England had no army wherewith to meet her. Hence the anxious hearts in the Mother Land to-day. Half a million British soldiers, adequately equipped, in the north-west corner cf Belgium at this hour would he worth a million in the spring. But their absence docs not justify despondency. The Empire has to learn its lesson, to face the existing situation, and to pull through That she and her Allies will do so is beyond doubt. The sword or the pagan has more than once putted itself against tho Cross and what that Cross connotes, and it has always failed. Nor can it win to-day. Let the Empire be but true to its highest ami best, and again, as of old, it will be said; “In the centre “of the bloodstained Colisco stands acvuci- " fix—the Galilean has triumphed ”
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