We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
(Roger Waters – Pink Floyd)
I remember it well. Pink Floyds great album, the unmistakable chant, and the opportunity to upset a few teachers in the playground(yes, I was at school at the time)!
Well, I am all grown up now (most of the time) but, I am an expert when it comes to building walls and I suspect I am not the only one. Not of the brick variety, you understand, I build walls of the emotional kind. The sort that keep people out and stop them from finding the real me.
The bricks I use to build my walls are the bricks of Anger, Hurt, Failure, Criticism, Despair, Loneliness and I am sure you could name quite a few bricks that find their way into the walls you build. The sad thing is that, over the years, I am fairly sure I have contributed some of my bricks to other people’s walls as well. But each hurt that’s thrown our way each barbed remark we make about others, there goes another brick in the wall.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in a place called Ephesus, he reminded them about the walls that had been put in their lives. There was the wall between humanity and God (the wall we call sin) and the wall between people divisions of race, class and culture. The Apostle Paul takes the opportunity to remind them that all the walls can be broken down because of what Jesus has done on the cross;
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility
(Ephesians 2 vs. 14)
So, what about my walls? The ones I have spent years building to protect me and to keep people out, what about these?
What I realize is, that yes walls can protect but, they can also keep out the ones that I really want to let in. They can keep my family, my friends, my colleagues away from me so that they never see the real me and get to know the real me. Ultimately, I can build my walls so strong that I end up keeping God out too.
So brick by brick, prayerfully, I begin to demolish the wall. It’s a risk, there is the danger of more bricks heading my way but, I am discovering the God who heals and can bring me peace despite the bricks that have headed my way;
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
(Psalm 147 vs. 3)
So, let me ask you, if somebody hands you a brick, are you going to put it in your wall or, hand it to God the wall breaker?