“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”
During the month of heroes I challenge myself to pay closer attention to great men so when I realized February 4, 1906 was Bonheoffer’s birthday I paused to consider this great life.
- He is considered one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century.
- That is especially impressive when you realize he died in a German concentration came at age 39.
- He saw the greatest evil of that century and tried to do something about it by being part of the attempt so assonate Hitler.
- When he didn’t like the state run church he left the security of pay to start his own denomination.
- He chose service to God instead of following in his successful parents footsteps of medicine and science.
His life mattered and it still does because, he lived what he said in the opening quote, “courageously and actively doing God’s will.”