By Sarah Levesque (Rated G)
Pastor, theologian and Nazi resistor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Germany on February 4, 1906 to a professor of psychiatry and neurology and his wife, the daughter of a preacher. Bonhoeffer grew up to become a professor of theology, though his family wanted him to pursue a musical career. Two years after he began teaching, the Nazi party rose to power. Bonhoeffer was among the first to protest their ideals and methods, particularly their discrimination against the Jewish “race”, becoming a leader of the Confessing Church – the largest Protestant resistance organization. He wrote many essays, letters and books as well as teaching an underground seminary, and joined the Nazi Secret Service to be a double agent and help rescue Jews. He was arrested for a minor role in an attempt to assassinate Hitler, and spent much of his time in prison writing his ideas about religion and faith. He was transferred to an extermination camp where he was hanged on April 9, 1945, spending his last few moments alive in prayer.
May we, like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, work tirelessly for the good of the oppressed, strengthened by our relationship with God.