When reporting on events in West Germany, the American media typically centers its focus on sensational anti-nuclear demonstrations staged in the streets of Bonn by the radical Green Party. But a Christian journalist visiting America from Munich says that reporters are ignoring the most important trend emerging in her country.
Jeanette Huber, editor of Brennpunkt , says that the current leadership in West Germany has begun to take a vocal stand for morality and Christian values – and she views this as an early signal that a major revival of Christianity is about to sweep over the nation.
In the last five to ten years, according to Huber, critical, anti-Christian organizations have arisen to challenge the moral fabric of West Germany. The “Die Gruenen,” or Green Party, composed of vocal feminists, environmentalists, and anti-nuclear activists, has on several occasions made bold and challenging remarks about the government’s traditional standards. This challenge has caused many of the West German politicians to stand courageously for what they believe. “They have had to recognize that they have neglected to communicate their convictions to the younger generation,” explained Huber. “And some politicians have admitted that they have been unable to do so.”
But it seems that the harder these attacks have come from the liberal elements of German society, the bolder the leaders have been in their defense of Christianity and conservative values.
“There has been more talk about Christian standards and ‘Christian worldview’ in the Bundesrepublik in 1987 than ever before,” added Huber, who became a Christian 4 years ago.
As an example of the conflict that is emerging, Huber recalled a popular television show in which a liberal politician got very upset while debating with other politicians about moral values. “All I ever hear from you in these last few months is talk about ‘das christliche Menschenbild’ (the Christian view of mankind). I can’t stand it anymore,” the politician screamed.
Christoph Boehr, head of West Germany’s emerging conservative party, has placed all of his efforts into encouraging governing leaders to take more radical stands for Christian principles and against atheistic and humanistic thought. His party, the Junge Union, has emerged as the nation’s most aggressive coalition against abortion.
“The vocal protests from such groups as the Green Party have caused our leaders to take a stand,” Huber summarized. She said that Germans are typically reserved and have been silent in regards to their convictions until recently.
Huber also commented that the church in Germany is experiencing unprecedented growth, although this is not being reported by the American news media. “Only 5 or 10 years ago, there were very few Spirit-filled churches in my country,” she said. “But prayer groups, Bible schools, and New Testament churches are now springing up all over.” A major charismatic conference held in Frankfurt last summer attracted over 14,000 born again, Spirit-filled believers, which seemed to shock the Christian population. “No one knew where all the Christians came from all of a sudden!” she explained.
Although the German people have lost interest in institutionalized religion, and more traditional churches are losing members, Huber says that people are finding a true expression of the faith as these new churches are beginning to flourish. “We are destined for a major revival,” Huber says confidently. “I believe that before it is all over the wall that separates our land between East and West will be removed, and God will lead this nation out of the darkness we have experienced for so many years.”