Posts Tagged ‘Cross’

“Peace must be dared”

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

In 1934, Deitrich Bonhoeffer speaking at a ecumenical conference in Fano Denmark wrote, “There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture, and can never be safe. Peace is the opposite of security. To demand guarantees is to mistrust, and this mistrust in turn brings forth war. To look for guarantees is to want to protect oneself. Peace means giving oneself completely to God’s commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes. Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God. They are won when the way leads to the cross.”

Inspirational words.  And they come from a deep, weakened space – a man who saw his beloved Germany and his beloved Church being co-opted to serve the machinations of Hitler and the Nazi state.

As we look at Bonhoeffer’s legacy in our current series “Church vs. Hate” I am reminded of how delicate and how strong the Gospel message is.  Like Christ, it does allow itself to be get “nailed to the cross”, to suffer abuse, to suffer humiliation at the hands of the lower instincts of our humanity.  And yet at the same time there is hope, a strength, and even a daring within Christ’s message that defy those very instincts that appear to destroy it.

So lets dare.