Monday, September 17, 2012
Bonhoeffer (by Metaxas)
I just finished the massive 542 page volume by Eric Metaxas on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It gave me even more information from Germans who were under Nazism what people thought about it and what they did. Or I should say, what they could,do. In my dating days, when I dated some seminary students, they all were crazy about Bonhoeffer. I had a more negative view of Bonhoeffer before I started the book, but after I read it , my view improved somewhat. One problem I have with him is the fine line he draws between what he considers is bringing the Kingdom of God to earth and liberal Protestantism. Nowhere in the copious quotes from him contained in the book do I see what I regard as a the "gospel." but the big problem I have always had is Bonhoeffer being a part of the conspiracy to kill the head of his country. Is that what we are supposed to do? Kill the head of our country? Is that what the Apostles advocated? I realize that Hitler had to be stopped, but was assassinating him the answer? It's interesting that not only did it not work, but all of the conspirators, including Bonhoeffer, we're arrested and most executed. So what is the answer to when conditions in your country are as bad as they were on Germany? The thing that I see missing is how Christian leaders prayed. It was obvious that the church did not teach anything about spiritual warfare. I doubt whether demons were talked about in the Confessing German Lutheran churches. The same principle applies to the Salem witch trials in colonial New England. Instead of strong prayer, and perhaps conversion of the "so-called witches," the mantra was the same----let's put them to death. Is that the Christian approach? To kill instead of fighting the unseen spiritual war? I realize the "spiritual war world" has lots of crazy folks, but let's be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water.