“In the midst of enemies” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The Christian cannot simply take for granted the privilege of living among other Christians. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of His enemies. In the end all His disciples abandoned Him. On the cross He was all alone, surrounded by criminals and the jeering crowds.

He had come for the express purpose of bringing peace to the enemies of God. So Christians, too, belong not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the midst of enemies. There they find their mission, their work.”

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), Vol. 5: 27.

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One response to ““In the midst of enemies” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  1. The extreme valor of this Christian martyr cannot be
    remembered without knowing that his beautiful life
    was God-given, as was his bravery in meeting his
    sacrificial death. This all-the-more makes his writings
    stand out with poignant saturation of our minds and hearts.

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