Message of the Broken Windows

Panagiotis Kantartzis | July 22, 2015

Editors’ note: Panagiotis Kantartzis serves as pastor of the oldest evangelical church in Athens, Greece. Violence has broken out in Athens in recent weeks over a precipitous decline in the economy and over what many view as a corrupt political system that is making the downturn worse. A fresh round of rioting broke out last week after a controversial vote by the Greek Parliament on a list of austerity measures. Pastor Kantartzis wrote the following letter to encourage his congregation in the midst of the latest turmoil. 

This is the third time the windows of our church building have been smashed—this time during last Wednesday’s riots, shortly after our weekly prayer meeting. Once again, the troubles have landed at our doorstep; during the skirmishes between the riot police and the demonstrators, many stray rocks ended up flying in our direction and through the windows of our building.

What kind of feelings does this evoke? In my office I’ve kept a piece of marble that came through the window the first time this happened, during the rioting of December 2008. I’ve kept it because I consider it a precious deposit. Earlier in 2008 we’d started to speak more purposefully about the need to become more open toward our city. We even…

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