There is absolutely no way for me to put into words the onslaught of contributing and relevant messages that have come my way since my re-reading of Bonhoeffer’s ‘Discipleship‘ began a short time ago. It seems every direction I turn and every path I choose presents something relating to this work.
At the forefront of that list is my Pastor’s series on the Minor Prophets. In his message from Hosea chapter two, the culture of the prophet’s day is brought under scrutiny. These people, who were supposed to be the people of God, had blended themselves into the world around them so that no distinction could be made between the two. God’s message to them was one of total rejection for their idolatry and disobedience… their failure to be who God had called them to be. He disowned His people with no remorse!
My Pastor’s presentation of God’s words to these people looks much like those of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to his readers.
As I hear, read, and digest all of these influences coming my direction, a thought occurs that may or may not be relevant to others, but its stinging over my way.
What if Dietrich Bonhoeffer and others like him had simply become tolerant of Hitler’s actions? What if they had just blended in and went about their own business? Would one of Adolf’s grandchildren now be the supreme ruler of the world? Would the Jewish people be extinct?
These are of course just the meanderings of a silly pretend-to-be-writer, but isn’t there an atrocity in our day that has long ago bypassed in significance the tyranny of Hitler’s regime?
The thought that will not leave my conscience alone is “What would Dietrich Bonhoeffer be doing today about the murderous act of abortion?” I have an idea, but it’s a far cry from what I see me doing to stand in protection of the helpless image-bearers of God who will never experience life outside of their mothers’ wombs.
In the eyes of humanity, Bonhoeffer is considered a heroic figure for the stand he took… a stand that cost him his life. When we one day kneel before Jesus, will we proudly display our tolerant and apathetic stance we have taken on the murder of the little children that He insisted we “let come unto Him?”
- Abortion ‘holocaust’? If the shoe fits … (wnd.com)
- The High Calling to Preach and Teach the Word Of God: A PCUSA Pastor’s Appreciation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Affirmation of Preaching (christisvictorious.typepad.com)
- “The ultimate test of a… (thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com)
- The Fourth Reich: Abortion Holocaust (cnsnews.com)
- Bonhoeffer on Discipleship (tbolto.wordpress.com)