In the aftermath Der Spiegel had an interview (D) with the poor ministers boss, Axel Noack Bishop of Saxony. The thing was published November 3rd. The reason I bring it to your attention now is 1) I have missed it completely when it was first published and 2) The Editrix posted a translation of some key excerpts.
I encourage you to head over and read the whole thing, but one thing stood out:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Vicar Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed because of his support for the members of the resistance group behind the July 20, 1944 events. Is such a tradition of steadfastness strong enough in the thoughts and deeds in today's church? Does the church have potential for resistance?This is the cowardice of the Bishop of Saxony in the full glare of daylight: Bonnhoeffer was a hero and therefor can *not* be used as an example to attempt emulation. Heroes are unfit examples.
Noack: Bonhoeffer is a controversial figure within church circles. He can't serve as an example for everybody because most people are not made to be heroes. To ask to follow Bonhoeffer is asking too much. Think too highly of people means to be cruel towards them. To 'resist the first advances', however, must be decidedly done when it comes to violence and terrorism. On the other hand one shouldn't forget that the war in Iraq was adverse to the popularity of Western values.
Thing that the dear Bishop seems to forget, unlike Bonnhoeffer or reverent Weisselberg, and which seems to declare him unfit for his bishopric, is true faith. "See, I will be with you, all the days of your life", Jesus said to his apostles. Or elsewhere: "Not a hair on your head will be lost if the Lord does not will it". Bonnhoeffer knew it and faced the firing squad defiantly. Weisselberg knew it and found in it the courage to die in one of the most painful manners imaginable. Whether his death served any purpose, whether his act was a wise one, remains to be seen. What is not up for discussion is the courage the delivery of his final message took.
Fjordman in an earlier piece already wondered what help could be expected from the European christian church:
The ideological civil war within the West is not just between secularists and religious people; it runs straight through the Church itself.With church leaders such as Noack, preaching cowardice as virtue, it would seem the church would sooner be part of the problem, alas.
Christians need to understand that there can be no peace or understanding with the Islamic world. They want to subdue us, pure and simple. Church leaders of all denominations, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, must stop stabbing Israel in the back and campaigning for a de facto open borders policy while Muslims are threatening to swamp our lands. Yes, Christianity teaches compassion, but it also teaches identifying evil and standing up to it. At the end of the day, the Church must decide whether, in the defense of civilization, it wants to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution.