In August 1961 construction East Germany began construction on the Berlin Wall in order to completely cut itself off from West Germany. East Germany was firmly entrenched in becoming a socialist/fascist state, and threatened by the freedom offered on the other side. The barrier they built included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, and it included anti-vehicle trenches and defenses meant to keep people from defecting from the communist side to the democratic side. In the post-World War II period from 1961 to 1990, over 5,000 people attempted to escape over it, and 600 people died. It became known as The Iron Curtain.
Despite its demise, our current culture has a system of “Iron Walls”, even though many of them are not visible to the eye. There are cultural, religious and political walls that divide us, and there are relational walls of misunderstanding, wrongdoing, and prejudice that separate us every day. Some of those philosophical and relational differences are very definite statements of separation.Continue Reading