I didn’t really have much of a drive to see much of Prague, and really wouldn’t want to stay there for more than a few days, but I’m really glad that I went. Just like The Mall of America, Prague is kind of the Mall of Europe. Downtown was mostly stores, restaurants, and dance clubs. But man, it was beautiful.
It’s so difficult to explain how beautiful and interesting Prague is, so I’m going to put a bunch of pictures from a tour that I took through the city and a boat tour we went on to just show you who cool it is.
Being in the country of Czech was really interesting because of the lack of English. First of all, Czech is a really strange language that seems just unintelligible to me—there was nothing that sounded anything like an English word. Also, while I was walking downtown I heard German, Japanese, Spanish, and I heard accents from Great Britain, Scotland, and Australia. The people of Prague realize that most of the people in the city are tourists, and that’s obvious because there is at least one annoying souvenir shop on each street.
I didn’t necessarily want to shop in Prague because I don’t have a lot of money to spend (even though I did pick something nice up for my girlfriend…it’s a secret), so the only things that I bought were a disappointing cone of gelato, a delicious Czech meal with friends, and tickets to a rather large Salvador Dali exhibition.
The Dali exhibition was amazing. Not only was the art amazing, but it also was in a building in the main square of Prague. And the windows were open to the city. So I looked at art, and then Prague, and then art, and then Prague. It was wonderful. And worth 90 Crauns.
(Don’t worry…that’s only five bucks in American money.)
I also went to a restaurant in the main town square for a nice Czech lunch. The desert was some sort of hollow cinnamon pastry with nuts. Yums.
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The choir sang at St. Nicholas church in downtown Prague, which was massive and completely overwhelming. I’m not sure if the pictures do it justice; I’ll try to make sure that there are antlike people by the door so you can see how big it really was (look at the first picture). The inside was filled with splendor like I had never seen before. It wasn’t necessarily big on the inside; actually it was quite crowded because of all the elaborate decorations.
This is the time when I kind of had a realization about European Christianity: a lot of Europe’s view of who Jesus is and what following Christ is is quite warped. Relevant ministry—even Protestant ministry is very uncommon here. Less than 20% of Europe’s population is Christian, and over 40% is Atheistic. Many people would think that Europe is very spiritual because it has a plethora of beautiful churches.
But here’s the deal: they’re all empty.
The churches are more crowded during tour days than it is on Sunday mornings.
The main view of Jesus is of the royal paintings and sculptures that adorn the majestic churches. Jesus as the simple, loving full-human yet full-God is replaced by stone Jesuses and gold ones, which is understandably what they’re turned off by. How can you worship something so cold?
I’ll talk more about this subject as I learn more. My bottom line is, I’m feeling a strong pull for ministry in Europe. But it’s going to take patience and a lot of grace. Europe is an amazing place; just imagine how amazing it would be when it is invaded by the Spirit of God!
I’ll talk more about this later.
Anyway, Prague was amazing. Today, June 6th, we are driving to Salzburg and I’m looking out the window, seeing the Alps in the distance. Can’t wait to write about this one.
In Christ Alone (instead of stone)