DIVIDE OR CONQUER

Some people live a divided kind of life. They never seem to make up their minds. Perhaps they think they can have it all or even that they should have nothing. Crippled by indecision they attempt to divide their lives living in two worlds simultaneously.

"Proelium"by Alex Hall 

Reinhold Kersten grew up in Berlin in the middle of last century. His father was a pastor. He learned to read the Bible and pray when he was a small boy. He knew his country was in trouble and was shouldering the burden of a lost war. The Great War had left the Germans in a great big mess.

But then a great man rose to lead his people. His voice could be heard all over the city. He had great vision for his people. They were to be the greatest people on earth. Pretty soon the city was filled with energy. Everyone was swept away with enthusiasm for this new leader.

And Reinhold felt it. He joined the leader’s youth group, went to all the meetings and eventually travelled to a camp for boys his age so that he could serve his beloved leader.

But as he worked he noticed something: his love for the leader could not go hand in hand with his love for Jesus. One would have to give. He wanted both, but couldn’t have it. One would have to go.

Eventually, after seeing the evils that his leader, Adolf Hitler, was perpetrating across Europe the scales fell from his eyes. He couldn’t live a divided life. The two halves would never share.

After rejecting the evil Nazi ideology he returned to a bombed-out Berlin, to Jesus and to the embrace of his father.

As Reinhold found out: It is better to be narrow mind focused on Jesus than have a broad mind letting in evil.