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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When Dietrich Bonhoeffer faced the challengers of the rise of Nazism in Germany he observed the capitulation of the German church to Hitler and his ideology.

Bonhoeffer explained this development to himself and others by recognizing that the Gospels require a costly grace and that his fellow citizens had lost the taste for such a personal demand.

Further, he understood that the Church was “marked by formalism” and people had begun to think of their faith as mere attendance – in contrast – a cheap grace of compliance without a demand attached to it.

Yes, the Believers fell short of sacrifice and religious and political responsibility.

It is oh, so easy to ignore the harder tasks of devoted life when the winds of evil ascend upon us.  We prefer to think – “all will be well.”  We prefer to imagine that what we see is “not the bad.”

Think about our circumstances today.  What we face.  The persecution and killing of Christians and others because of their religious beliefs, and the opposition of governments to the practice and place of faith in free societies.

Where are you at this moment?

When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing is not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Shalom

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