God’s Word says in Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry and sin not”. We have developed a huge issue with this verse. We think all anger is sin. And perhaps we have reason to think so, because by far the most anger we see around us and in us, is only but sinful. And yet the Bible says: “Be angry and sin not!”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, when preaching on this text, spoke of the urgent need of holy indignation among the Christians of his day. He said that was exactly what was lacking in the years leading up to the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany and in Europe. There was so little righteous anger.
Every year Reformation Day marks the moment in 1517 when God filled one little German monk with holy indignation. The result was the Protestant Reformation and untold blessings for the world, including a Johann Sebastian Bach in his own country and countless missionaries leaving German soil to take the Gospel to the furthest corners of the earth…
But since the curse of two world wars, the West’s spine has finally been broken. Even in the church nobody is getting angry any more. We have become like Jerusalem’s elders in Ezekiel 8 who did not know how to blush… But then God raised up one little brave German lady, Heidi Mund. She grew up an atheist in communist Eastern Germany but came to faith in her Saviour by God’s grace some time ago.
Heidi heard that a peace-concert was going to be held in the Memorial Church of the Reformation in the Rhineland city of Speyer on November 10, 2013. It was going to be an interfaith concert with a Moslem imam doing the call to prayer. Heidi felt this was not right. She prayed and knew she had to do something about it, but what? The rest is history. She became known as the brave little German woman.
In her beautiful German accent, the blonde lady said on CBN: “I said Jesus my Lord, shall I go there? It is a one and a half hour drive. Is it worth to go there? Can’t others go?” She decided she had to go, and grabbed her large German flag with the golden words embroidered onto it: “Jesus Christus ist Herr” (Jesus Christ is Lord). Arriving at the concert she still wasn’t sure what to do. She took a position on the balcony of the ancient church that was soon filling up to capacity. With her were some Christian friends. “I did not really know what to do” Heidi said. “I was not sure, but I was prepared for what God wanted me to do”. Then the imam began his call to prayer in this famous Reformation church, shouting: “Allahu Akbar…!”
Heidi felt something rising up inside her. “I would call it holy anger” she said. “I raised my flag and proclaimed Jesus Christ is Lord over Germany! I break the curse…!” What curse? “Is it not while Allahu Akbar is being shouted that Muslims kill others?” She went on and shouted from the balcony: “My faith is based on Scripture alone. Here I stand. God help me, I can do no other. God save the church of Martin Luther”.
One concert-goer yelled: “This is a concert of peace!” Heidi retorted: “No it’s not. Allahu Akbar is what Muslims are screaming when murdering people. Don’t be fooled. It’s a lie”. She explained that by calling out those words, the imam is turning the church into a mosque. Needless to say, she was thrown out of the church. Only recently has the video gone viral.
In her CBN interview she asked: “Do I have fear? I can only say no. I know my God – the living God of the Bible – can protect me as long as He wants. When my time is over, I will go to Him”.
Ever since she came to faith, her burden was for the rebirth of her country. “I know I have to protect my country and my people. I am only a little woman, but I feel I have to protect them”. The camera then shows a clip of her, reasoning with people outside the church building, saying: “Why don’t you stand up in this country of ours?”
She is trusting God to do a miracle. This was once a country that sent out thousands of missionaries into the world. Today it is wealthy and spiritually dead. But nothing is impossible for God. “From our human point of view, I feel our country is lost. It’s done. But I trust Him. Our country is not lost. He will come and change our nation”. With her words in the background, the camera shows people walking through the magnificent Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on a perfect evening.
As I was watching this interview so many emotions ran through my heart…. First of all, there was the overwhelming emotion of gratitude, for Heidi and those few in our world like her who dare to obey the call of the Lord Jesus at this critical time. Then there was a deep sense of indignation about the sickening paralysis of our Western world, and also of us Protestant Christians, due to our political correctness. But then came the shame: Why is it that our Western men have become so weak? What is the matter with us? And finally, as a descendant of three missionaries who left Germany for Africa many years ago, I could only share this woman’s burden for the land of my fathers. And so I went on my knees praying: “Loving Father, thank you for Heidi! Help me to hear your call as well, and fill us all with a lion’s courage for Jesus and his Kingdom…”