And now, I would like to introduce you to some Heroes of the Faith that our family studied about recently...
In case you do not recognize us, this is Jacqueline, Madara, and me. We are portraying Herr Ernst Leitz, Frau Leitz, and their daughter Elsie. Most historical accounts of Ernst Leitz that I have read begin by calling him the “steely eyed protestant patriarch” of the Leica Camera Company in
From 1933 and extending even to after Germany sealed its’ borders in 1939, hundreds – and possibly even thousands – of lives were saved by these bold Christians who risked their lives to establish what would later come to be known as “The Leica Freedom Train.” At one point, Elsie was captured and mistreated by the Gestapo for helping a group of Jewish ladies cross the border into
Just as we saw in Nazi Germany, so we are already seeing here “Christians” who are turning in believers to the authorities, usually through anonymous phone calls to state family and children’s services. We are currently working with families in
"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
(Matthew 25:44-46 NIV)
We need to remind people who claim to be followers of Christ that it is incredibly foolish to fail to provide aid and support to fellow believers who are suffering persecution, regardless of whether we agree with their viewpoints on issues of child discipline, education, the appropriate level of sheltering children, or a myriad of other personal convictions concerning the most Biblical way to build a godly household. And to those who are stupid enough to actually betray the Lord by betraying “one of the least of these” into the hands of the authorities, the words of the Lord himself speak clearly:
“But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."