German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
Where the world seeks gain, Christians will renounce it; where it exploits, they will let go; where it oppresses, they will stoop down and lift up the oppressed. Where the world denies justice, Christians will practice compassion; where it hides behind lies, they will speak out for those who cannot speak, and testify for the truth.
Do we really want virtue, justice and truth – especially when they challenge the status quo of our settled lives, churches and ministries?
Do we really value virtue, justice and truth – even if they challenge any self-affirming relationships with Jesus and each other?
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:5-6)
May God send prophets among us yet again.
We need Bonhoeffer’s voice again today – I’m glad you’re ringing the bell!
I really liked the way you started, but I couldn’t determine where you were leading from there. The message felt empty. I would really like to know what thoughts prompted these brief statements; what is the context?
Perhaps you could develop your ideas further and post them again with another title.
Amen and Amen
What book is this Bonhoeffer quote from? You mentioned in a previous post that you were re-reading Life Together.
The Cost of Discipleship, from the chapter The Visible Church-Community.
Thank you Jim!
Thank you for this word Jim, I appreciate it hugely.