I just finished reading this book, and it was well worth the two dollars. Many of you have probably read it, but it raised some questions in my mind.

Andrew is smuggling bibles into communist countries(plot ruiner) and while in East Germany he hears the story of the government would institute the Jugend Weihe, literally the youth consecration. The government placed this at a time when most children would be going through confirmation as a majority of them were Catholic or Lutheran. Meaning, when they reached that age, they would choose between serving the state or God. They did this in other ways, offering weddings, funerals, and just about any other religous ceremony you could want, only they would offer them in place of the church. They were basically substituting the church out of daily life.

That made me think about our society today. What things are offered by the world in place of Christ. Understand, that is what the world is about, offering a substitute in place of Christ, and a poor one at that. But I am wondering about the blatant attempts of the communists to replace the church with the state. You tell me your ideas, and I will tell you mine eh?


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