Dietrich Bonhoeffer

World War II, the battle of the Somme, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Många kan tycka det var märkligt att tyska kristna, även motståndare till den nazistiska regimen, var lojala patrioter i relation till den aggressiva tyska utrikespolitiken.  Men om man läser nedanstående text från 1929 av Bonhoeffer blir det inte så märkligt.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1939 | Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1987-074-16 / CC-BY-SA

The German priest and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in September 1939 the following about the importance of thanksgiving in the Christian life and in the life of the church, a thanksgiving which could blossom even in the paltry, the miserable and insignificant.

43”You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

Håll tillgodo med en föreläsning av Stanley Hauerwas om sanning, politik och Bonhoeffer.