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God will not hold us Guiltless

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Faithfulness to the Gospel demands nothing less. God will not hold us guiltless for silence in the face of evil.

Bonhoeffer was a German theologian martyred for his opposition to Hitler. His words remind us that authentic spirituality requires a real and costly  discipleship.

senseless and dangerous

Written from a prison cell while awaiting his execution, this short treatise, “On Stupidity,” rings far too clearly despite the passing years. For those with ears to hear, we need to recognize that the political climate within our country is being manipulate by those that appeal to the basest emotions and fears of the least educated among us.

Yes, we are living in a dangerous time. Yes, decisions are being made daily that seem senseless on the surface and even evil when more closely examined. But arguing with most of those supporting the present agenda isn’t the answer.

As Bonhoeffer concludes, trying to persuade the stupid person with reason and fact is both “senseless and dangerous.”

in the face of evil

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote. The book, Bonhoeffer, is one of the best not fiction books I have ever read. He was an amazing man with divine perception:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has long been my favorite theologian. From the first time I encountered The Cost of Discipleship at Duke Divinity School I have resonated with his inability to accept the ever-popular theology of”cheap grace,” and the call of Jesus to “come and die.”

Bonhoeffer lived, and ultimately died by that theology. He refused to be silent in the face of evil. He spoke out against evil. He acted against evil. He answered the call of Jesus, and he was martyred because of it.

My prayer is that more of us today would demonstrate our faithfulness to the Gospel and follow in Bonhoeffer’s footsteps. We see the face of evil. We just need to act.

a failing grade

The test of the morality of a society is how it treats its children.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The test scores are coming in. And they show we have not only failed, but failed miserably.

We have not studied enough. We have not prepared, and we certainly haven’t paid attention in class. And so, we are failing this test even as we are failing the children of our world.

Our society hasn’t given up on our children, but even a cursory examination shows the obvious mistreatment of those who will come after us. We have sinned by omission and we have sinned by commission in regards to children.

We have ignored the studies and reports of increasing child hunger in our own country and have turned a blind eye to the millions of malnourished and hungry children in other lands.

We have allowed our education system to decline and have become deaf to the cries of those calling for increased funding to maintain a solid educational infrastructure.

Not doing the right thing is as bad as doing that which is wrong. Both are a indication of our morality. In regards to our children, we have failed the test.