"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

September 13, 2012

So inspired

I can't say enough about how this book impacted me and how Bonhoeffer's life has inspired me.
Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
A Righteous Gentile vs. The Third Reich
Ever since I read it, (and boy, that took awhile)
 I've been checking out everything else our library has on Bonhoeffer! Such an incredible man of God. (He's really high up on my list of people I can't wait to meet in heaven!) : )
I've tried writing posts about the book but I've given up...I can't do it justice without making it the longest blog post in history....

Here's someone else's description of the book:
As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

I couldn't help being awestruck at how easy it was for Hitler to annul the liberties of the German people in their constitution by causing a fire, and basically calling it a terrorist attack. During the panic, one signature took away everyone's freedom of speech, and freedom to assemble, and freedom of the press etc... and made him a supreme dictator. Scary!

Long before the common people in Germany knew about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis, Bonhoeffer was made privy to that information and he had to decide what God wanted him, personally, to do about it.

He said:
 "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." 

~What is it God is calling us, personally, to do in this age in which we live? 
Lots of food for thought in this book. 


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