Day by day, Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death ye will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betray thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!
He's alive! And risen indeed!
Here is what Mr. Bonhoeffer had to say on the matter...
"the ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live." He did not justify his action but accepted that he was taking guilt upon himself as he wrote "when a man takes guilt upon himself in responsibility, he imputes his guilt to himself and no one else. He answers for it...Before other men he is justified by dire necessity; before himself he is acquitted by his conscience, but before God he hopes only for grace." (In this connection, it is worthwhile to recall his 1932 sermon, in which he said: “the blood of martyrs might once again be demanded, but this blood, if we really have the courage and loyalty to shed it, will not be innocent, shining like that of the first witnesses for the faith. On our blood lies heavy guilt, the guilt of the unprofitable servant who is cast into outer darkness.”)
Mr. Bonhoeffer took on the guilt of Germany the same way that Moses took the guilt of Israel on himself. This in no way means that he was admitting to an actual guilt at his own hands.
Of course non-Christian historians will not understand this nuance.
2) What you claim is 'wordly' is in dispute. God Himself approves armed conflict which is in conflict with your opinion. I'll beleive God's Word before I'll beleive the violence that has rolled off your tongue in the past couple of days.
Is that clear enough for you?
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