Monday, April 11, 2011

Finding Your Voice-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I’ve been working on finishing up a great new book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer that came out last year. The book is fairly large (608 pages). It was written by Eric Metaxes and is titled Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and is very well written. I have read bits and pieces of Bonhoeffer’s works throughout the years, but have never read a biography about him. I’ve been wanting to know more of his story than the little pieces I have always heard about (like his role in trying to assassinate Hitler), and this book has been perfect in providing this. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was a influential Christian in Germany during  the 1930’s and 1940’s.
As I’ve been thinking more about the topic of finding your voice I have been greatly encouraged by the way Bonhoeffer chose to speak up against one of the most violent men in the history of our world. Bonhoeffer’s opposition towards Hitler during his era was rare as most people (pastors included) chose to not speak up against the evil Hitler represented. Bonhoeffer was willing to risk his life to speak out against Hitler by encouraging other Christians to stand firm in their faith, even in the midst of evil.
My prayer is that as I grow in my relationship with Christ and become more the man He created me to be I will also learn to speak up for truth. I hope I will be willing to speak out against injustice and fight against evil, even if it causes great loss. My hope is that you too will find your voice and stand up in defense of the Christian faith, proclaiming loudly the goodness of our God in all areas of life.

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