What Is Wrong With Me…

… and why haven’t I read more Bonhoeffer?

It is infinitely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command than to accept suffering as free, responsible men.  It is infinitely easier to suffer with others than to suffer alone.  It is infinitely easier to suffer as a public hero than to suffer apart and in ignominy.  It is infinitely easier to suffer physical death than to endure spiritual suffering.  Christ suffered as a free man alone, apart and in ignominy, in body and in spirit and since that day many Christians have suffered with him.   D.B.  Letters and Papers From Prison.

Exit question… There are many who freely suffer for Christ, alone and in ignominy.  Can we name one?  Just one?

They truly suffer with Him, while I complain about my wine being the wrong temperature.  God forgive me.

al sends


3 responses to “What Is Wrong With Me…

  1. Pastor Bonhoeffer was no Milque-toast as we can see from this imprecatory prayer request to the Almighty.

    ‘God, now step in and destroy your enemy. Use your power, let your righteous wrath blaze forth.’ – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  2. “Exit question… There are many who freely suffer for Christ, alone and in ignominy. Can we name one? Just one?”

    I don’t know if you are serious here, but our friend at Two World Collide runs a blog of modern martyr: http://drjamesgalyon.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/pastor-bike-arrested/

    On his side bar are links, one to Voice of the Martyrs.

    Like suffering according to a human command, is also the fact that we find it much easier to follow orders for pay than to submit to commands without it. Volunteer relationships have that tendency to be as easily annulled as they were nulled. Unlike them however is that vital union from which we cannot escape. It is difficult, exacting and tenacious. How true faith works is through that promise which has secured the inheritance. It is not that we work for reward, the reward is the work. To those outside we appear the scum of the earth, disesteemed by them as abandoned by our God. What they do not know is the voice of God speaking to our hearts distrubing words of comfort: “Take heart, for I have overcome the world.”

  3. I’m with you, Pastor Stout. I believe this is why the weight of the Church has begun to swing away from America. China and Africa are becoming more and more the centers of true Christianity, Africa especially. Take, for instance, the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops. The major debate was on whether gay men could be pastors or bishops. Well, turns out, a group of 250 or so bishops and pastors went to Jerusalem to start a separate body, the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. Not because of any tolerance that Lambeth gave to homosexuals (though they eventually did), but that the Lambeth Conference even debated the issue. They said that the issue was too clear cut in Scripture to leave room for question. The catch? The majority of these 250 bishops are African. The West needs to get itself together, and it starts, I think, by realizing what we’ve lost in our comfortable tolerance.

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