Monday, August 25, 2008
How do you do this? Not of redemption in Christ, but that they need redeeming in the first place.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thus, little by little I became conscious of where I was and began to want to express my wishes to those who could content them. But I could not express them because the wishes were inside of me, and they outside; nor could they by their senses enter into my spirit. So I flung about at random, limbs and voices, making the few signs I could and such as I could, like - though in truth very little like - what I wished. And when I was not immediately obeyed, my wishes being harmful to me or unintelligible, then I was indignant with my elders for not submitting to me, with those owing me no service, for not serving me, and avenged myself on them by tears.
Confessions, Book 1
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the kingdom of Christ; he wants to be aomgfriends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devoutpeople. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared?
I love friends, and they are so much easier to be with than the unsaved.Bonhoeffer is quoting him here in the beggining of a chapter on Community. Wemust not take it for granted that as Christians we have the privelege of livingwith other Christians. Bonhoeffer says this is because Christ lived in the midstof his enemies, and at the end of it all even his disciples deserted him.Therefore we too, must live 'in the thick of foes'.
It scares me. It scares me because I love my friends, but also because I fear what Christ will say to me if I meet him face to face as one who has sought relationships not with the bad people, but only the good. What am I for the kingdom?
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Although the persecutions subsided, the counter cultural aspects of Christianity were non-existent.
Is Christianity still Christianity when it is no longer counter-cultural? I think for the Christians facing persecution at the time of the arrival of Constantine would have had an immense feeling of joy and relief, but was it at too much cost to the gospel? You can see the reverse thing happen at private Christian schools. When students leave the comforts of where it is 'cool' or accepted to be Christian, suddenly the desire for acceptance, money and sex becomes more important than the gospel.