Tomorrow (Feb. 4) is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer…
In the Trump era of propaganda (e.g., “alternative facts”) and violence and oppression toward anyone who is not a white heterosexual male, we would do well to return to the writings of Bonhoeffer — not just the wrongheaded spin of some who have written about Bonhoeffer (AHEM, Eric Metaxas), but his actual writings themselves.
Here are 5 stunning passages that shed light on our call to costly discipleship in the present age…
“Speak out for those
who cannot speak”
[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B006WN1Z6W” locale=”US” src=”http://englewoodreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/41aePAGGfnL.SL160-1.jpg” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”108″]The next generation of pastors, these days, ought to be trained entirely in church-monastic schools, where the pure doctrine, the Sermon on the Mount, and worship are taken seriously … It is also time for a final break with our theologically grounded reserve about whatever is being done by the state – which really only comes down to fear. “Speak out for those who cannot speak” – who in the church today still remembers that this is the very least the Bible asks of us in such times as these?
- Letter to Erwin Sutz,
11 Sept 1934
in [easyazon_link identifier=”B006WN1Z6W” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Works, Vol 13[/easyazon_link], 217.
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