Berlin is a peculiar dichotomy of beauty, culture and industrial might still marred by a palatable national shame. The wounds and the shame that Germany has suffered over the last century foster a distinct mistrust that stands opposed to the gospel of Christ.
“Coca-Cola!” This was one of the many responses given to me after asking Germans about the true meaning of Christmas. I almost couldn’t believe my ears! Christmas has become so commercialized and watered down that most don’t even know why it’s called, “Frohe Weihnachten.” (“Happy Holy Night,” in English) Instead, many Germans envision cute white polar bears drinking a refreshing Coke rather than the Savior of the world in a manger.