Dietrich Bonhoeffer on our Intercession

I wanted to share with you a quote from a Protestant pastor who I have fondness for. If any of you are not aware of who Dietrich Bonhoeffer is, he was a pastor/theologian who lived during World War II in Germany. When Hitler and his Third Reich took power, forcing the reformed Church there to become a tool of the government, Dietrich resisted, forming the Confessing Church and standing up for peace, justice, and the dignity of every human life. Later on he was arrested for political subversion and put in a concentration camp in Flossenburg where he died a martyr’s death on April 9th, 1945, like a lamb led to the slaughter. He preached and lived out a life a peace which flowed out of his love for the Word, Jesus, who is the prince of peace. Below is an excerpt from his book Living Together, about Christian community. It regards intercession:

Intercession means no more than to bring our brother into the presence of God, to see him under the Cross of Christ as a poor human being and as a sinner in need of grace. Then everything in him that repels us falls away; we see him in all his destitution and need. His need and his sin become so oppressive that we feel them as our own, and we can do nothing else but pray: Lord, do Thou, Thou alone, deal with him according to Thy severity and Thy goodness. To make intercession means to grant our brother the same right that we have received, namely, to stand before Christ and share in his mercy.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Raphael
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 18:13:42

    To put the cross into ontological terms, it contains all the sin of the entire universe, from the beginning of time to the very end. There is absolutely nothing good in it, except that it stands as the antithesis of God Himself, which paradoxically, is everything.


  2. -C
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 17:48:41

    I have always thought that Bonhoeffer was theologically an Orthodox Christian.


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