Sunday, September 4, 2011

Prayer: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We all know that Christ has been eliminated from our lives. Of course we build him a temple, but we live in our own houses. Christ has become a matter of the church, or rather of the churchliness of a group, not a matter of life …

One thing is clear: we understand Christ only if we commit ourselves to him in a stark “Either Or.” He did not go to the cross to ornament and embellish our life. If we wish to have him, then he demands the right to say something decisive about our entire life.

“Jesus Christ and the Essence of Christianity” (seminary lecture, 1928)