The destruction of the St. Lambertus Church is still explosive all over Facebook. This elegant part of Western European heritage took the labour of many skilled men. Now it needs to make way for Green Germany to dig for coal. This fact again shatters the internet myth that Germany gets 80%+ of its energy needs from renewable Green magic.
This sad toppling of a stone pillar of European civilization is not unique. All over France any church is under threat because “ there are laws protecting old trees from indiscriminate cutting. But the state is free to flatten old Christian churches“. This mass destruction mirrors the early Soviet Period from 1917 till Stalin’s Purges of 1937. Obviously not all of them were destroyed. During WWII Stalin’s official “change of heart” lead to the restoration of the Patriarchy. Very quickly after the Revolution it became evident that cutting your entire society from its own past did not built a new Marxist Superman but instead lead to cultural rot. The Soviet Union would remain more or less pro-culture till the end.
Now, at great expense the same buildings that are being destroyed by a culturally masochistic Europe are being restored and rebuilt in Russia.
New cathedrals are also exploding over all corners of the country. This is not to say that Russia is “better” or “pious”. This piece is to say that other people have been down this road and they have turned back. Believing in Christianity is a culture’s choice. But wiping it out of your history when it is so deeply ingrained in it just rots the soul of the population cut off from their past.
Let the Churches stand even if they stand empty. You may not be able to see it but when your culture’s past is gone you will feel that it is missing.
-Tim Kirby is a political analyst and award-winning radio talk show host in Moscow, Russia. Tim grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.
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