Over the years, I have looked often at the life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great German theologian. Bonhoeffer was a solidly-biblical Christian and a man of great conviction. Each time I encounter that story, I am amazed at how quickly the churches in Germany capitulated to Hitler’s requests. Many churches, and their pastors, readily – seemingly far too readily – compromised what they claimed to have believed. The things the church had confessed for centuries were laid aside for the sake of expediency.
Of course, I recognize that by doing this, they avoided governmental persecution, which was sometimes harsh. Additionally, because of the ongoing Nazi propaganda, that also turned into societal persecution. People, slowly but surely, became convinced the Nazis were right.
So, ignoring what the Bible actually said became the easier path for those who claimed to be Christians. It required less physical and emotional pain. It meant family and friends could still be together.
Moving away from an adherence to the Bible became the norm. Anyone who persisted in holding onto the doctrines of Scripture was seen as radical. They were going against the new standards. They were pushing against what society had now accepted. And that made the “Confessing Church” – a movement Bonhoeffer helped to lead – very much the outsiders, even in the “religious” realm.
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.