January 20, 2017

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Today I have been doing a lot of remembering and thinking about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and theologian in Nazi Germany.  

He struggled with what it meant to be a Christian and Church Leader as Hitler tried to control the German Church.  He struggled with what it meant to be a loyal citizen in his native land of Germany under the evil leadership of Hitler.  He struggled with what it meant to be a pacifist and conscientious objector under a ruler leading his people to war.

After much inner turmoil and struggle within, and in discussion with others in the church, he decided the only way he could be faithful to his call to church leadership and to be loyal to his country, was to join the resistance movement in opposition to Hitler.  It would ultimately lead him to prison and finally to death by governmental order.

He is quoted as saying: "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."