I have just finished a book called "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" by Eric Metaxas. It is about the famous theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He lived during the years leading up to the reign of the Third Reich in Germany and during those years. He opposed Hitler is his writings and sermons and speeches. He believed that Christians should seek to know the will of God and then take concrete action in the world in which they find themselves. He taught at an illegal seminary of the Confessing Church which opposed the Hilter run German Christians. He became a spy, pretending to support Hitler, but conspiring to assassinate him. He believed that it was God's call to assassinate Hitler. He was involved in three failed attempts. He was arrested and put in prison. There he wrote his "Letters from Prison" about faith and about the evils of the Third Reich. He was executed two weeks before the Allies liberated the concentration camp where he was imprisoned. His theology books, like "The Cost of Discipleship" and others have been used around the world in the years since his death. He was thirty-eight years old.
I was so inspired by the book. He beleived that God and Christ were the keys, not the "cheap grace" of much of religion. And his call to action in the midst of life moved me. It makes me ask the questions of how much I seek God's will and how willing I am to do the kind of bold, risky actions he was talking about. What are the issues of today that I want to take action about. The big one for me is the sexual abuse of children and women. It gives me courage and willingness to speak out. He was an amazing man.
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