Week 8: Bonhoeffer's Legacy
Week 8: Bonhoeffer's Legacy RELG 361 001
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Notes from the film A View From The Underside The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Performed By Al Staggs 1992 Bonhoeffer a Lutheran theologian spent one and half years in a military prison in Berlin Tegel where he continued his pastor work The prison guards smuggled his letters out of the prison that later was later published In June of 1944 he wrote the poem Who am I Bonhoeffer is feeling that he is going insane He says why waste time on something so dead as the church and these words costs him his life He asks how can a German nation a Nazi nation at that time who is Christians commit such horrific crimes How can a spiritual German church allow such hell How can Christian s commit such horrific crimes He says that a church must come out of stagnation in order understand the undergoing problems He says that a church should stay at the middle of a village and sell all property and give to the poor He speaks of legions to the state vs legions to the kingdom of God He also mentions German Christians take the German flag that is put in church and worshiped in instead of worshipping God even though God says you should not have any Gods before me He says that the church has confessed her timidity and she is a fool She has failed to speak the right words at the right time She is guilty of protecting the wrong people and not the ones in need He says he wakes in mourning into this nightmare and he hears the cries of victims those in prison or all Jewish victims Only the ones who cry out of victimization sees a soul and only those who cry out of victimization sees God He sings then says amen He now is sweeping his prison cell with a broom and speaks to a cock roach and asking it to stay He asks to discuss theology ethics and philosophy He says he envy the roaches its freedom He says now he is humble He tells the roach to tell Hitler that there is a power that is far greater than him He says that it feels natural to say Gods name and that too many people are too lazy to think of God He says that God gives his word Bonhoeffer says that listening is as important as speaking but these German Christians are too busy speaking and not listening He writes to Abraham about the Jewish people He says that the problem of the exposition of Jews is exposition of Jesus He speaks about Christ in the west the understanding of Christ as grace is cheap like cheap merchandise to be bought This kind of cheap grace is grace without discipleship He cries out three questions 1 Where is God in all this when evil is winning the day and when the good and innocent is becoming victims 2 Who are Gods people after all the Jews lf Jesus is why are they being murdered and God is doing nothing ls Christians Gods people Then why do they slaughter people and children into the crematoriums 3 Is this what God has planned for me or am in dilution Am I where God wants me to be He says look at me as the man who has learned what it means to be a human being He is lonely and deadly silenced but he draws heavily on his family and students he says he depends on their prayers in this time He says that he know of his end when the prison guards ask him to come with me He now speak about being powerless like have you ever been in love and he now speak about his fiancee Maria He is now crying says it is hopeless and speaks of how he misses her As time goes he feels that he is certain that God is making his cell smaller by the day and he is feeling claustrophobic He says he can transcend any space because God has allowed him to He is thinking of 193031 in New York He associates the time there and how it greatly impacted his life He speaks of Frank Fisher a black man that introduced him to the horror of oppression He came to an understanding of life scriptures and history that came from a perspective from others who suffer from underside of history Now he sees as an upper class German who understands black spiritual people He now sings a hymn Sounds like an African American salve song He says he feels close to and that he feels a apart of the black church of Harlem who has taught him so much He says that they have nothing to call their own or earthly society They are true disciples He asks how could this happen a Christian and advanced nation like the Germans how could Hitler promise a Christian nation do this It is like cancer They said we must preserve civilization But they destroyed it In 1939 he made two difficult decisions that were the worst of his life He left to New York to lecture ln matter of two weeks he became miserable and said he was at the wrong place at the wrong time So he decided to go back to his homeland He had to due to his people who were in need even though he was secure in the United States He returned to Germany to rejoin the conspiracy against Hitler He said that not to speak to not act and to not act is to act just act in a wrong way but if he says nothing then he is an accomplice and as guilty as Hitler He says that his decision must get this madman off the streets and that he Hitler is the one to be convicted He says that he Bonhoeffer live for justice and will not take the easy way Finally he says This is the end but for me it is the beginning
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