One of the things I love about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the corrective role his words seem to be within the current context of the American Church.
In that vein, his writings can truly be called ‘prophetic.’
Bonhoeffer’s small book Life Together is a great example.
To a culture consumed with individualism, consumerism, materialism and too often treats God as a magic eight ball for whatever our current needs, wishes or fears are… the excerpt below stands as strong medicine.
“It is not that God’s help and presence must still be proved in our life; rather God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. It is in fact more important for us to know what God did to Israel, in God’s Son Jesus Christ, than to discover what God intends for us today. The fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than the fact that I will die. And the fact that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead is the sole ground of my hope that I, too, will be raised on the day of judgment.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible