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Monday, April 19, 2010

"Tear Down This Wall!"

On Sunday, April 11th, at 7:07 A.M, the city of Dallas reached another historical milestone. Texas Stadium, the famous home of the Dallas Cowboys, was no more. Thousands of fans watched the destruction of the coliseum where Cowboy heroes such as Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Randy Wright, Jay Novacek, and “Moose” Johnson became legends. Tears flowed through the city as the pages of history were turned.

Texas Stadium housed the Dallas Cowboys for 37 years. Inside the stadium, the Cowboys won 219 games! During the Texas Stadium era, the Cowboys won 5 Super Bowls! Over 1,100 football games were played in Texas Stadium, hosting numerous College Bowls and High School State Playoffs. In fact, the first event ever held in the complex was a Gospel Crusade by Billy Graham that lasted ten days! Texas Stadium cost $25 million to build in 1971 (as opposed to the Cowboys new $1.3 billion stadium), and $6 million to tear down! It was an icon for three and half decades, and in only a minute and half, it was demoted to dust. A new highway interchange will be built where it once stood. The Texas Department of Transportation has a $15.4 million lease to use the space as a staging area for the construction equipment.

Tearing down walls isn’t much fun! As Christians, do we have any walls to tear down? We must tear down personal barriers. Even when we disagree, it’s vital for us to tear down the obstacles that cause division. And we need to tear down the wall of sin that quickly forms the foundation of our lives. Sin keeps us separated from our Creator, and if separation defines our earthly lives, it will also determine our eternity!

Maybe we should turn back time twenty years and listen to President Ronald Reagan when he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!” Those six words ended a forty-five year conflict! “Tear Down this Wall!” It’s only four words, but it makes all the difference!