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 Dietrich 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”
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 Works, Vol 13, 217.