Passing through the Wall into the last East Berlin train station on a characteristically grey day over a decade ago, I made my way to various sites, arriving finally at the Bundesmuseum, which housed some of Germany's finest paintings. In each room a guide was positioned who could explain each piece. One older woman, whose face mirrored a whole history, approached me and invited me to discuss the painting I was enjoying. Once she realized I was an American and that what little German I knew caused her great anguish to hear, I gave up the attempt and we spoke in English. It was a painting of the Garden of Eden in its pristine state. "What does this mean to you?", she inquired. "What once was, but was spoiled because of our rebellion against God," I replied. "Our rebellion?", she demanded in an offended tone. "Where was this 'God' when I was a little girl and Hitler was in power, while our homes were left in ruins by the bombs?" Caught off-guard by her superior life experience, I spent more time gathering my composure than evangelizing. Her question was a good one. I know the answer in part, but it was-and is-a good question.
Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.
Issue: "Eternal Victim Slain: The Theology of the Cross and the Crisis of Modern Consciousness" July/August 1997 Vol. 6 No. 4 Page number(s): 4-11
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