Sunday, September 19, 2010
This is a great interview on Metaxas's new book "Bonhoeffer:Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy". it doesn't get any better than someone writing a bio when there is a passion behind it. This interview makes me want to lock myself away with this book until I've turned the last page.
When I think of what faith in Christ became to Deitrich Bonhoeffer;to stand for Christ in the very horrors of Nazi Germany, not only to be there, but chose to be, (having returned from the States in obedience to God), I lose my breath.
The war revealed Bonhoeffer to the world in a way nothing else could have. Perhaps at best he would have been a cherished theologian. However put to the test of this tragedy, the very evil of Hitler and Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer was pressed into a situation where obedience and loyalty to Christ, His people and His gospel was of the greatest cost to himself.
Oswald Chambers who ministered to troops in Egypt during WWI said "the basis of life is tragedy","character does not make a person, it reveals them."
This tragedy took him far beyond the genius of his theology. It poured out his faith in a vital reality that has made the testimony of his life not only precious, but a challenge to the watered down Christianity we see today in the "prosperity gospel", thriving in a postmodern, post Christin era.
I can't wait to get my hands on it. (Perhaps when I'm finished I'll delve into Eric's "Amazing Grace", on another of my very favorite people, William Wilberforce.)
Another great interview Eric Metaxas did on this book can be found here (in 2 parts) It is from RZIM with Stuart McAllister.