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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bonhoeffer on: Zimbabwe (?)


As far as I know Bonhoeffer never visited Africa, and of course when DB was alive Zimbabwe as we know it today didn't exist. But my reading today struck me as being relevant and I wonder if doesn't apply to at least some portion of the church in Zimbabwe. He was, of course, writing about the church in Nazi Germany...

"The church confesses that it has witnessed the arbitrary use of brutal force, the suffering in body and soul of countless innocent people, that it has witnessed oppression, hatred, and murder without raising its voice for the victims and without finding ways of rushing to help them. It has become guilty of the lives of the weakest and most defenseless brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ....The church confesses that it has looked on silently as the poor were exploited and robbed, while the strong were enriched and corrupted. The church confesses its guilt toward the countless people whose lives have been destroyed by slander, denunciation and defamation. It has not condemned the slanderers for their wrongs and has thereby left the slandered to their fate. The church confesses that it has coveted security, tranquility, peace, property and honour to which it had no claim, and therefore has not bridled human covetousness, but promoted it."
From "Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Daily Meditations from His Letters..."

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