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.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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For those who wonder why a blog about living faith in secular culture might address politics, reflecting on Bonhoeffer’s words might help.

Yes, I know we prefer to segregate what is uncomfortable from what is comfortable, and that we prefer to keep what is sacred sanitized.  But was this possible in the world Bonhoeffer saw and experienced?  No.

And why?  Because he realized his obligation as a Believer was to belief and to act on belief. For him, to live faith in culture, especially when he saw his culture courting what was false, and evil – required he attend to what was political.  He was, like any Christian Believer, bound to seek Truth, to defend it, to die for it if necessary.  We are no less bound.

I write that you may think about what Bonhoeffer thought about – that is: living his faith fully in his time, no matter the challenge, no matter the discomfort, no matter the risk.

I am sure he yearned for better times, times that required fewer concerns about culture, and who we were, and who we were becoming.  But alas that was not his moment, not the time of his life.  When joy was desired, troubles required his attention.  He believed, and he acted on his belief.

Difficult times demand courage.  Faith is the root of courage, just as it is born of love.  Yes, acts of courage are acts of love.  Believers love and witness what they see.