Saturday, March 26, 2011
Pastor Dietrich Bonhhoeffer
I just finished a biography of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The book was written by Eric Metaxas. The title is Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Pastor Bonhoeffer was an amazing and dedicated theologian, pastor, and influential writer. He firmly believed that your love of God and accepting Him into your heart made you a better person. However, it was not enough to be a Christian; you had to live as a Christian. Hence, the real beauty of the book is that it demonstrates again and again how Pastor Bonhoeffer succeeded, and sometimes struggled, during his life to be an active Christian. Pastor Bonhoeffer was a teacher and mentor to many students. Perhaps Pastor Bonhoeffer’s most important contribution was his book The Cost of Discipleship. The book is a widely considered a classic of Christian thought. He worked to move his church and fellow theologians from a passive role to a more active Christian church. He firmly believed in Scripture and its power to help one become a more active Christian. You see his weaving Scripture throughout his many letters. All of this led to his premature death. He died fighting the Nazi regime. A major foundation of this biography was the mountain of letters and writings prepared by Pastor Bonhoeffer. You sometimes felt as though he was writing to you, the reader. His letters to his finance were quite moving. His commitment leading a Christian life and how he faced death is testament to his devotion to God and the choices he made as a result of such a commitment.