“With multiculturalism, humanism, and socialism representing grave concerns to our communities, we may look to blame a particular group, race, or idea – and dream that if only this particular “problem” could disappear, everything would surely get better. But this belief, which has resulted in countless incidents of blood-shed and revolutionary horrors throughout all of human history, is nothing new. In fact, such was Germany after World War 1. Much like the United States today, the German people faced with apprehension the growing problems of Governmental instability, cultural change, civil unrest, and economic concerns. But instead of appealing to God, this supposedly “Christian” people looked not to a Biblical wisdom they should have known – but to human ideas that contributed to a rise of National Socialism in Germany…” – From Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Christianity, Government and Race
But during this dark hour for Germany, and the rest of the world, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, born on February 4, 1906, would be one of the leaders who stood up to the Nazi lies – and helped to bring the light of truth to a people lost in darkness. Perhaps best known for resisting Hitler’s euthanasia programs and genocidal campaigns against the Jews, he was also involved in efforts to assassinate Germany’s evil Dictator. An influential German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and founding member of the Confessing Church, he was arrested on April of 1943, and executed two years later.
If you’d like to find out more about the parallels between pre-Nazi Germany and the United States of today, as well as how the Christian Church failed Germany during it’s time of need – you may want to take a look at our latest 3 page PDF overview on Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Christianity, Government and Race. To access, either click on the prior link, or look on the Resource Downloads under the “essays” category for: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As with all our resources, feel free to print them out, share with a friend, or save it for convenient reading at a later date.