Religion: Christians

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

These words from the 37th Psalm are a stock saying for Germans in Martin Luther's translation: "Stay in your country and earn an honest living."† They had a special relevance when the psalm was read this month in 4,705 Evangelical Union churches of East Germany. For they were followed by a statement read from all pulpits, in which the Evangelical Union Church Synod called upon East German Protestants not to defect to West Germany but to stay under Communist rule.

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