One of my heroes of the faith is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was martyred by Hitler’s regime during WWII. He saw how the German church was corrupted in his day by “liberalism” and “nationalist religion.” He began to reflect on and realize the possibility that Germans were so proud of their religiosity it was hard for them to be Christian.
His mother recalled that after her son had finished seminary and was going to pastor a church in Spain he reflected that he was not concerned about his academic abilities. He was concerned as to whether he could “meet the spiritual needs of the bourgeoisie and poor laborers in Spain who were struggling and would not really be impressed with the prestige of his degree.” This conversation that he had with his parents before he left out to begin his ministry set a course for how his life would go.
He believed that “the church and individual Christians should make a real redemptive difference in the communities they belong to.” To achieve this he always sought to put his faith into practical action, usually radical action.
When I read Bonhoeffer, Wesley, William Booth, George Muller, Count Zinzendorf and folk like that; I wonder if we (I) have lost our (my) radicalness. Church has become a noun (a building that we visit once maybe twice a week) instead of being a living functional working community of Jesus followers in our communities. Faithfulness means showing up for worship, making a donation and then going home to our regular lives. Ran out of time here, but I am going to try to live more radically. I want to make a real difference in my community.
Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 8:39 AM EDT