Bonhoeffer, much like Lewis, Spurgeon, Chesteron, Aquinas, or really any other great Christian thinker is extremely quotable. It’s a wonder to think what they would post on their twitter accounts if they were around today. Naturally it’s pretty hard to narrow down my very most favorite quotes, especially because more often then not the context around it is just as good as the quote itself. But I digress.
In Bonhoeffer’s , which is a short yet incredible read, he opens his first chapter with perhaps my favorite of all Bonhoeffer quotes:
“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. In the end all his disciples abandoned him. On the cross he was all alone, surrounded by criminals and jeering crowds. He had come for the express purpose of brining peace to the enemies of God. So Christians, too, belong not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the midst of enemies. There they find their mission, their work.”
He then goes on to quote one of his heroes Martin Luther, when he writes:
“To rule is to be in the midst of your enemies. And whoever will not suffer this does not want to be part of the rule of Christ; such a person wants to be among friends and sit among the roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the religious people… if Christ had done what you are doing, who would ever have been saved?”
I would love to follow this up with some running commentary and some applications for today’s Christian… but I don’t particular want to right now. I think it speaks for itself and we all know how it applies to us.