Hans Meiser, bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Bavaria, orders a statement to be read from the pulpits of all churches saying that the German government is ruling according to God's will and should be obeyed by the people.
According to Bishop Meiser:
"A state that once again rules in God's name can count not only on our applause but also on enthusiastic and active cooperation from the church.
With joy and thanks we see how this new state rejects blasphemy, attacks immorality, promotes discipline and order with a firm hand, demands awe before God, works to keep marriage sacred and our youth spiritually instructed, brings honor back to fathers of families, ensures that love of people and fatherland is no longer mocked, but burns in a thousand hearts. ...
We can only plead with our fellow worshipers to do what they can to help these new productive forces in our land reach a complete and unimpeded victory."
An important aspect of Adolf Hitler's appeal has been his position as a defender of traditional morality against the many sins of the modern era: communism, liberalism, women's equal rights, homosexuality, sexual immorality, etc. Jews are placed at the source of almost all these problems which threaten not just an orderly society, but Christianity itself.
It is thus understandable that so many come to regard it as their duty as both Christians and Germans to support the Nazi cause.