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Where is real government?

Original in German

From the January 1992 issue of The Christian Science Journal

At a time when we are confronted daily with decisions by governments of different types around the world, and at a time when it appears that even well-intentioned government decisions can hurt the citizens, it is important to ask: Which laws are we subject to? Whose laws protect and take care of us?

For many years I lived under a communist regime that did not allow freedom of worship or open dissent from official government policies. This, of course, was in conflict with my most conscientious thoughts about God.

Until the latter part of 1961, however, I could go to Christian Science services because I lived in an area near what was then West Berlin. After the wall was built this became impossible. For many years the restriction on travel caused great sadness in me. It seemed that the only way that I could ever again attend church services with others and join in the joy of singing hymns together would be to wait until I was of retirement age and then apply for travel permission to the west.

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