I have a confession to make…
I have a man crush on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I’ve read all of his works minus one (Ethics) and am currently reading a biography on him written by Eric Metaxas called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Bonhoeffer has taught me more about the nature of the church, being a pastor, and standing in solidarity for others than almost anyone else. There area many intriguing things about the man but for those who don’t know much about him he was a theologian and pastor during the rise of the Nazi’s and WWII. He earned his PHD at the age of 21 and worked as a pastor/theologian till he was declared a “pacifist and enemy of the state” and began to run an underground seminary. He was ultimately hung for his work as a double-agent spy against the Nazi regime and his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
Here are some quotes of his from the recent biography I’m reading:
“It is much easier for me to imagine a praying murderer, a praying prostitute, than a vain person praying. Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity.”
“The religion of Christ is not a tidbit after one’s bread; on the contrary, it is the bread or it is nothing. People should at least understand and concede this if they call themselves Christian.”
I would highly encourage you to read one of his books or for you non-readers watch a great documentary about him on called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister. (Last time I checked this documentary was free on Netflix.)