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In January of 1975, on a college trip from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne Indiana, I went on a three-week intermester tour of Eastern Europe studying the Church in Eastern Europe and Marxism.  We saw the above:  the Potsdamer Platz which had been the heart of Berlin, with the Berlin Wall going through it.  I remember thinking that this evil was always there and would be. This is the devil’s own lie.

 The Berlin Wall was built by the Communist East Germans to surround the free city of West Berlin so that East Germans stopped escaping to the west. Today, 25 years ago, 9 November, the wall came tumbling down.  

We visited an Evangelical (Lutheran) congregation in East Berlin. One of our profs met janitor in the previous year and the prof wanted us to meet him.  Our group sat in the middle of the nave while the janitor told us about what it was like to be a Lutheran and a Christian in East Germany.  All the while he was talking, there were people at the edges of the nave milling about and the janitor was looking to and fro, quite skittish…after awhile, he said let’s move over there…in a more isolated corner of the sanctuary.  One thing he said has stuck with me years later:  “You see, in East Germany, church never leaves the four walls of the building”.  This is the way the virulent secularists want the Church to be in our own day and time…but I write this also as introduction.

The link to the  article below is by Uwe Siemon-Netto.  He is an eye-witness to the rise of communism in East Germany and the fall of the wall. It is a must read.  “Oh, this can’t happen here”.  No probably not, that is in the exact same way…We give thanks to the Lord this day for the end of Berlin Wall, remembering always the Scripture passage:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. (Revelation 1)

“And the Wall Down Flat” by Uwe Siemon-Netto

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