more from bonhoeffer
i don't know what has gotten in to me lately. i've blogged more in the last 4 days than all of 2005 combined! bonhoeffer nails community on the head again on page 76 of his book, life together.
The person who comes into a fellowship because he is running away from himself is misusing it for the sake of diversion, no matter how spiritual this diversion may appear. He is really not seeking community at all, but only distraction which will allow him to forget his loneliness for a brief time, the very alienation that creates the deadly isolation of man. The disintegration of communication and all genuine experience, and finally resignation and spiritual death are the result of such attempts to find a cure.then on page 110-111 and this is powerful stuff so read carefully!
The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is we are sinners!why do we need community? bonhoeffer says succinctly, "Christ became our Brother in order to help us. Through him our brother has become Christ for us in the power and authority of the commission Christ has given to him."
But it is the grace of the Gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that it confronts us with the truth and says: You are a sinner, a great, desperate sinner; now come as the sinner that you are, to God who loves you. He wants you as you are; He does not want anything from you, a sacrifice, a work; He wants you alone.