Martin Luther King, Jr. on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As we approach the commemoration of Dr. King’s birth may we be reminded of the price of change. The first consideration is how are we going to make things better.

Concerning the World War II martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian, ethicist, and pastor, King said,

“if your opponent has a conscience, then follow Gandhi. But if your enemy has no conscience, like Hitler, then follow Bonhoeffer.”

After his Gestapo arrest, Bonhoeffer was hung for being involved in a plot to assasinate Adolf Hitler a month before Germany’s surrender.

Antiwar activism is only genuine if one is truly a pacifist. Christians are not to ride on the coattails of those with agendas. Once we put ourselves through rigrous self-inspection we need to be ready to pay with our lives if we truly believe that we are acting in concert with Jesus, with compassion for souls.

“Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.” (Proverbs 21:24-25)

The Christian has but one cause, and He is the Lord.


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