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In Search of Dietrich BonhoefferPosted Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 5:03 AM
It was April 9th, 1945. Dietrich Bonhoeffer fell to his knees and prayed minutes before his execution. Little did this kind teacher, and brave soldier for Christ, know that the torture camp he was about to die in, would be liberated by the Allies in three weeks. Three weeks too late for Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The Gestapo jerked him to his feet and marched him towards the gallows. He was stripped naked. Again, the patient man, who had bravely stood against the Nazi's for a dozen years, went to his knees in a final prayer.
Minutes later, the Gestapo marched him up the gallows, and to be extra brutal, they used thin wire to hang the enemy of Germany. Within weeks of Bonhoeffer's' death at the hands of the Gestapo, Germany would collapse, Hitler would be dead, and few would remember the the soft-spoken philosopher.
Dietrich's troubles had begun in 1933, when the Bible teacher and philosopher took exception to not only Hitler, but the Christian Church in Germany as a whole. Bonhoeffer chastised German Christians for going along with the Nazi's and their plans to systematically rob, and then kill...the Jews.
Of course, the powerful Nazi propaganda machine immediately labeled Bonhoeffer as an extremist, and he was quickly banned from speaking publicly in Berlin. This ban soon expanded, and the pastor found that he was legally not allowed to speak out anywhere in the Reich.
That did not stop God's champion. The next several years found him organizing Christians against Hitler, and to helping Jews that had been targeted and robbed by the German government.
Bonhoeffer began to get even more upset at the German Christian community, who did nothing to stand against the evil that Hitler was raining down upon Germany...and the world. Thus came his book, 'The Cost of Discipleship' (1937) in which Bonhoeffer gave a severe rebuke of comfortable Christianity.
"Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, Grace without the Cross..."
And, discussing ethics, Dietrich wrote, "There is not a place to which the Christian can withdraw from the world, whether it be outwardly or in the sphere of the inner life. Any attempt to escape from the world must sooner or later be paid for with a sinful surrender to the world."
From Prison, Dietrich stayed on the offensive trying to convince German Christians that they had to stand against the evil of the Nazi's.
"We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds...Are we still of any use?"
"Which of us has really admitted that God's goodness can also lead us into conflict."
Let me ask you something fellow Christian. When is the last time you saw a national Christian leader in America, go to jail for what is right?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer stood for the mistreated, the weak. Today in America, as over three thousand babies are killed each and every day, show me the man of God, or people of God, who are standing for these children?
Now the Libs/Progressives plot and plan to kill off old people in the lie of universal health care. Will we see the Christians stand to keep the government from killing old folks?
Over three hundred thousand churches in America, more than 85% of Americans say they believe in God, yet, today, after the deaths of over fifty million, another three thousand will die. Why should I believe that Christians, or anyone in America, will stop the killing of old folks?
Pastor Bonhoeffer said from prison, just before his murder, "Christendom adjusts itself all too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christians should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer warned Germany of what would happen if they blindly followed the Nazi's, and hardly anyone listened.
Will we listen today? As the loss of innocent life in America climbs higher than Hitler or Stalin could even dream of, will we see a new Dietrich Bonhoeffer?
Down inside, we Christians have to know that our tax money already goes to fund abortions, in a big way. The Feds give tons of cash to Planned Parenthood killing centers all over America. They do it by sleight of hand or outright fraud, but they do it. Some Christians could try and tell God they didn't know about it. (Good luck with that!).
It should be clear to all, that tax money, our money, will definitely be used to kill innocents, young and old.
Think about this Christian. Why aren't Christians being persecuted in America today? Looks like our churches are bigger and nicer than ever. When is the last time you saw a man of God being led away to jail because he stood up for innocents?
When is the last time you saw a major Christian figure stand against the cruelty, theft, lies, killing, and perversions the US Government participates in or sponsors?
If we continue, as a nation, to follow along after these progressives, America will find it's fate much like the Nazis. We'll be completely destroyed, and the death and suffering will amount to more than we can begin to fathom. We may not fall exactly like Germany will, but we'll fall.
I know you don't want to hear this. You want to hear pleasant singing from your choir. You want that monthly church pot luck dinner.
You want to believe in God as long as you don't have to do anything.
Just show up Sunday, sing Kumbaya, and forget about the twenty-one thousand kids who will die before next Sunday when you get together and sing more songs.
Will you keep singing even as the elderly are killed off?
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