March 16, 2010 @ 11:53 pm by sean
I stood in the alley directly behind house tonight and watched it burn.
It was much more quiet than I expected.
Besides maybe petty denominational issues, I doubt there are many that have any issue with Deitrich Bonhoeffer. Nay, anyone familiar with his writing and life probably has a significant amount of respect and awe of him. Some of that is no doubt due to his insistence on staying in Germany during the Nazi regime, and refusing the security of America in place of ministering to the oppressed German people. He even died, imprisoned, as the end of the war was imminent.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because He first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brother and sisters also.”
We, christians in America, do not need to fear our government. We don’t need to concern ourselves with what might happen to our right to religion and freedom to exercise religion, and read all of the passages in the Bible as we want to read them and as our church wants to preach them. We need to have no fear of any government, culture, society on this planet. We do not need to fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, we should fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. God will persist, even if our freedom to worship him is compromised, so we need not have any fear of anything in this world. If God is for us, who can come against us in any meaningful, eternal manner?
We can extend a hand, or point the finger. Without any formal investigation, it seems Jesus regularly reached out his hand to the sinner, the Gentile, yet pointed to finger at the religious. He lived his life among those cast aside by culture, by the religious establishment. When society cast out those unclean, he brought himself near enough to touch them, to heal them, to make them clean, to bring them justice. When the religious leaders put burdens on the people that they themselves would not even bear, Jesus called them out while admonishing us to to allow him to carry our burdens, and later through the New Testament writers to bear the burdens of our brothers and sisters. Social and economic justice is rampant in the Bible. And if it’s rampant in the church and you feel compelled to run, if you heed this advice from a political “commentator,” then, yes, please run. It’s about time the church gets thinned back to those who are genuine disciples of our Lord and savior. For those who adamantly give drink to the thirsty, food to the hungry, take care of the sick, visit the imprisoned, take care of the widowed and orphaned, who are kind to the needy and therefore honor Him, not those who oppress the poor and insult their Maker. If you can’t worship God and live out life as a disciple of our Lord, Jesus Christ, because of any man made institution, than my God is not your god; your god is your own selfishness, your own humanism, your government, your pride, your wealth. And if you continue to perpetuate that through through the church, then I urge you, run as fast as you can; you can’t, devil, can’t run fast enough.
That was fun.
Hopefully the critique is veiled enough to make it more than a reactionary response.
When I got in my parents car two weeks ago, I was initially surprised to hear Fox news on the radio, and as my dad goes further down that route I become increasingly sensitive to the poison that is invading his mind.
Just gotta make sure my soap box doesn’t become and elevated equine.