Some 500-odd years ago, a man by the name of Johann Walther - a disciple who followed Jesus after the pattern of Martin Luther - penned the words to an old church song:
Wach auf , wach auf, du deutsches Land, du hast genug geschlafen,
Bedenk, was Gott an dich gewandt, wozu er dich geschaffen,
Bedenk, was Gott dir hat gesandt und dir vertrauet höchstes Pfand,
Drum magst du wohl aufwachen.
Was vormals Unrecht, Sünd und Schand, das tut man jetzt gut preisen.
Was vormals Blei und Zinn genannt, das heißt man jetzt hart Eisen.
All Ding han sich so gar verkehrt, Unrecht hat sich so hoch gemehrt,
Solchs tut die Tat erweisen.
Die Wahrheit wird jetzt unterdrückt, will niemand Weisheit hören.
Die Lüge wird gar fein geschmückt, man hilft ihr oft mit Schwören.
Dadurch wird Gottes Wort veracht’t, die Wahrheit höhnisch auch verlacht;
Die Lüge tut man ehren.
So helfe Gott uns allen gleich, daß wir vom Bösen lassen,
Und führe uns zu seinem Reich, daß wir das Unrecht hassen.
Herr Jesu Christe, hilf uns nu und gib uns deinen Geist dazu,
Daß wir dein Warnung fassen.
(Johann Walther, 1496-1570)
A very rough and loose interpretation (my German is extremely rusty, much less any good in Medieval German of Martin Luther’s time. As such, this more of my interpretation than a literal word-for-word go of it.
Therefore, if anybody reading this is more fluent than I, then I shall kindly accept any correction you might offer) of this follows:
Wake up, wake up, you German land, you have slept (long) enough;
Consider the skills God gave you, for you to create,
Consider what God has sent you and trust (His) highest Promise,
Perhaps the (war) drum may wake you up.
In times past Injustice, Sin and Shame, is now praised by man .
In times past, what was called lead and tin, is now called hard iron.
All things so wrongly done, Injustice was itself so highly (honoured),
Such did the deed prove.
The truth is now suppressed, nobody wants to hear wisdom.
Lies are dressed up and increased with false oaths.
Thus God’s Word is despised, the Truth is scorned and laughed at;
Men find honour in Lies.
Thus (may) God help us all alike that we escape from the Evil One,
And lead us to His Kingdom, we that hate injustice.
Lord Jesus Christ, help us now, and give us Thy Spirit also,
That we hold to Thy Warning (implied: the warning contained in God’s Word).
And so, a nice song, which was later co-opted in the aftermath of the Thirty-Years War to implore the various and often fractious German dukedoms and principalities and the Hansa Free Cities to unite as Germans against the multiple foreign threats that seemed to rampage through the patchwork collection of states making up the Holy Roman Empire (in a state of decline at that time).
Despite some of its weaknesses, it has a question and a lesson to offer us - even if it didn’t directly come into conflict with Islam as its contemporary, the Bzantines did — and much the same as the American Colonies did, when Benjamin Franklin drew the famous “Unite or Die” sketch of the snake cut into numerous parts.
How long shall we neglect God’s words and honour sin, and uphold those in esteem who fabricate lies as their stock in trade… and fail to wake up as a single nation, hold those in political authority accountable, and unite against the domestic and foreign threat of Islamism and the political bodies and persons who would sell our heritage and birthright, even our very lives, to the Islamist slavers for their continued power in the present regime, or that which would replace it under the dark, repressive pall of Sha’ria ?