Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bonhoeffer On Suffering

Jn. Godsey's article on the Christian & suffering. Well worth your time.

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Suffering

by John D. Godsey

"Our God is a suffering God." So preached Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 1934. "(We are) summoned to share in God's suffering at the hands of a godless world." So wrote Bonhoeffer from Berlin's Tegel Prison in 1944. These quotations expose the heart of his theology and ethics.

When defining God, Bonhoeffer liked to quote Luther, who would point to Jesus and declare: "This man is God for me." Bonhoeffer's faith was as simple and as astonishing as this affirmation: That the sole God of the universe, the Holy One of Israel, became incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth, who was born in a manger, lived God's righteous love as servant of all, died on a cross with forgiveness on his lips, and rose to inaugurate a new creation. Ecce homo! Behold the human being who as the incarnate, crucified and risen One reveals God's power in weakness and God's lordship in servanthood! For Bonhoeffer, this is the liberating gospel of grace and the magnetic summons to discipleship.