Tuesday, November 30, 2004
WHEN THE CHURCH IS CO-OPTED. There came a time when the young theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (pictured here in a Nazi prison) decided he could no longer identify himself with his German Lutheran Church. In a series of compromises and partisan political collaborations, by 1940 the Lutheran Church had let itself be corrupted and co-opted by nationalistic passions. Its leadership was heavily influenced by a charismatic leader that promised to rid the land of "immoral" people like gays and "unchristian" people like Jews. Adolf Hitler had the German Lutheran church in his back pocket.
George W. Bush has the American evangelical church in his back pocket.
Bonhoeffer affiliated himself with a newly formed Confessing Church, which immediately began to be discredited by the German Lutheran Church and driven underground by the Nazis.