I posted this yesterday on Facebook without any commentary or introduction.
Bonhoeffer wrote for the ages. His thoughts and writings were burnished in the flames of turmoil, war and persecution. He wrote prophetically to his generation but he wrote also against the backdrop of the failure of liberal protestant theology that had saturated the Lutheran Church in Germany to speak anything meaningful to the corruptions of Nazi Germany. And because he grounded his writings, especially “the big three” (The Cost of Discipleship, Life Together, and Letters and Papers from Prison) in the Bible and the Sermon on the Mount in particular, have a luminous quality and clarity for our own generation. The only real question is whether of not our generation will hear and heed his warning. Much around us in the church suggests that too few are awake.
Nevertheless, those of us who are still listening are sobered and, surprisingly, encouraged by his analysis.
“The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the division which rend cities and homes. Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray; they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace. The disciples will be sorely tempted to desert their Lord. But the end is also near, and they must hold on and persevere until it comes. Only he will be blessed who remains loyal to Jesus and his word until the end.”― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship