Reading once again one of Bonhoeffer’s books, I was reminded of his quote: “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” My post from last year is still much a part of my questions for my nation.
I just finished reading (for the second time) the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor during the time of Hitler and World War II. As the Nazis came to power and took control of the church, he faced a real dilemma. He could not continue to stand with the church hierarchy who supported Hitler’s regime yet he found it hard to speak out against the church. Along with several other pastors and theologians he founded what was called the Confessing Church.
A group called the German Christians (Deutsche Christen) created a pro-Nazi Reich Church. They wanted the church to conform to Nazi ideology. In opposition to this, many Christians formed the Confessing Church taking a clear stand against Hitler and his agenda.
However, in time Bonhoeffer became discouraged by the Confessing Church because although they opposed the Nazi regime they said nothing about the persecution of…
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