I’ve heard about Bonhoeffer for years, but never really knew who he was. Today, I finally begin reading Life Together. The first paragraph of the editor’s intro already has my mind spinning and I’m extremely intrigued. Can’t wait to keep reading. I’ll get back to the introduction, but for the purpose of this post I’m skipping ahead. Enjoy the first paragraph of the book.
“The Christian cannot simply take for granted the privilege of living among other Christians. 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 the jeering crowds. He had come for the express pupose of bringing 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. …”
*Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 5. Ed. Geffrey Kelly. Fortress Press, 1996. p. 27