Love and War

love and war

Am I the only person that sees all the worms crawling out of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s can? What do we do with a Christian pastor plotting to assassinate a world leader?

My first instinct is to stand up and applaud. Put the hammer down, Dietrich! Burn those Nazis. Free the concentration camps. Show the world that Christians can do more than smile and give really good back rubs.

Justice is a human instinct. Everything in us resonates with the need for wrongs to be set right. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. That’s God’s law, and it is good. God’s people have always resonated with a need for justice and a frustration with its delay. Just read the Psalms.

But then there’s this other thing . . .  Continue reading