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Yorifumi Yaguchi (b. 1935) is a Japanese Christian who, following his conversion, took the unpopular position of refusing to sing the Japanese national anthem, since it amounted to a prayer for the eternal reign of the emperor. He eventually became a respected university professor, pastor, and poet. He wrote the following words in 2007:

“When the Enola Gay left for the skies of Hiroshima, a chaplain prayed for the crew’s safe flight and successful bombing of the city. . . . They must have believed that the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was the will of God. But how did they feel at the sight of Hiroshima agonizing in the terrible whirlwind of destroying flames? More than 140,000 people died within a few months. Many were burnt in an instant, and far more people started to suffer from radiation disease for the rest of their lives. Was the crew pleased with this? . . . I imagine they were cheered by their seniors and comrades. They were told that the bomb was needed to end the war and that if they didn’t use it, far more war dead would have accrued. And they believed it. But what kind of god was he who was pleased with such terrible carnage? He is none other than the god of War. He must have been more than happy to see such colossal misery brought to the city and to human history. He is certainly different from the God who created human beings and who loved the world so much that He gave his only Son.”

Quotation taken from Apocalypse and Allegiance, by J. Nelson Kraybill (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2010), 69-70.

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