I was reluctant to read this biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer because of its size. And its hard truths.
But trust me, it’s worth it. It’s challenging yet inspiring to read how Bonhoeffer struggled through difficult decisions, throwing himself on God’s mercy. My book review is here.
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Excerpt from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Here was the rub: one must be more zealous to please God than to avoid sin.
One must sacrifice oneself utterly to God’s purposes, even to the point of possibly making moral mistakes. One’s obedience to God must be forward-oriented and zealous and free, and to be a mere moralist or pietist would make such a life impossible.
“If we want to be Christians, we must have some share in Christ’s large-heartedness by acting with responsibility and in freedom when the hour of danger comes, and by showing a real sympathy that springs not from fear, but from the liberating and redeeming love of Christ for all who suffer.
“Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior.
“The Christian is called to sympathy and action, not in the first place by his own sufferings, but by the sufferings of his brethren, for whose sake Christ suffered.”
– Eric Metaxas
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