ADVERTISING
 
Friday, July 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Faith and politics
 

Angela Merkel: “While being imperfect, we receive God’s grace”

Speaking in Wittenberg on 31 October, the German Chancellor said the Reformation anniversary is “a great opportunity to strengthen the awareness about the Christian roots in our society”.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus TRANSLATOR Evangelical Focus 06 NOVEMBER 2017 18:02 h GMT+1
Angela Merkel, arriving in Wittenberg on 31 Octobter 2017, ahead of her speech on Reformation Day. / Instagram Bundeskanzlerin

The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, visited Wittenberg on 31 October 2017.



She was invited to speak in the city where Martin Luther first shared his 95 theses, the document that started the Protestant Reformation, 500 years ago.



 



ALL SPHERES OF LIFE TOUCHED BY REFORMATION



“With his 95 theses, Luther got a stone rolling which could not be stopped and would change the world forever”, Angela Merkel said addressing the participants at the Reformation Day ceremony.



“Be it politics, law, language, social sciences, arts or culture – there is almost no sphere of life which has not been touched by the Reformation Luther started, and this happened beyond Germany and even beyond Europe”.



Central to the first Reformers was “the freeing message, according to which only by grace and through faith the human being is made just in front of God”, the Chancellor said. “One cannot buy or win God’s grace with works, grace is simply freely given to the believer”.



Luther’s famous hymn, “Almighty Fortress Is Our God”, which was sung at the gathering, “was written in relation to Psalm 46”, the Chancellor explained. Its “central message is: God should and can be our stronghold”.



 



THE CENTRALITY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM



In her message, Merkel highlighted the need to work for religious freedom everywhere. “I believe the work to promote religious freedom is – be it here or anywhere else in the world – a common task of politics and the churches”, she said.



This does not contradict the separation between church and state, she said. “Our state has the universal commission to respect and protect the value of all people. This includes, in addition to other freedoms, to respect and protect religious freedom”.



“It was with pain that we learnt that tolerance is the basis for a peaceful coexistence in Europe”. This is “the basic principle of every open society. Without tolerance it is not possible to have an open society”.



Merkel added: “Today we experience that, wherever in the world where religious freedom is in bad shape, the social developments is also affected”.



 



LUTHER’S BIBLE AND EDUCATION



"With the Luther’s Bible translation and the development of a united written German language the Holy Scriptures were made understandable for all of the population for the first time. The Bible and the invention and use of the press gave the people an understandable access to the centrepieces of the faith”, the Chancellor said.



It is more, “with the priesthood of all believers, every Christian could and should become responsible and able communicate the faith. Out of these ideas a new social responsibility developed. Beyond theological questions, education was recognised as an important foundation for all areas of life”.



Merkel closed her speech with the following personal reflection: “We all make mistakes. But I find it liberating that we, while being imperfect, receive God’s grace and love”.



“I am thankful for the great opportunity that we have now in the anniversary of the Reformation, to strengthen the awareness about our Christian roots in our society”.



Read the full speech in German on the official website of the German government.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Angela Merkel: “While being imperfect, we receive God’s grace”
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Practical ways to bring Christians from different generations together Practical ways to bring Christians from different generations together

What if young people were on church committees? asks David Hilborn, Principal of St John's College (UK).

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer
At the invitation of hundreds of churches in Spain, the Luis Palau Association are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in Madrid, June 15-23, 2019, through numerous outreach events and a 2-day family festival in the heart of the city.
 
What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context? What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context?

Espen Ottosen talks about the truths Christians should share with people who have little knowledge and/or many prejudices about Christian belief.  

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.