Society & Culture

Metaxas: What would Bonhoeffer do?

By Guy Page

Anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged in a German prison camp in April, 1945. He was 39. In a July 29 interview, biographer and interviewer Eric Metaxas sees the rise of American Marxism and asks, ‘what would Bonhoeffer do?’

The author of the best-selling biography Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy will speak in Vermont at a Friday, Sept. 10 Montpelier banquet and at an all-day seminar in Williston Saturday, Sept. 11. Information and tickets are available at vtgrassroots.com.

“If you think what is going on is insane, you’re right,” July 29 interview Metaxas told ‘Hold The Line’ video podcaster Sean Feucht in a July 29 interview. “It is insane. It is crazy. And you need to know that. Or else you’ll go insane.”

Metaxas calls out Black Live Matters.

“It’s pure cultural Marxism. People talk about BLM…. They are harming black people. If you care about black people, which we are commanded to as Christians, you have to speak against a Marxist organization that is destroying the black family, that wants to destroy the black family.”

“We always need heroic figures to speak the truth – loudly, boldly, humbly, strongly.”

– Eric Metaxas

The example of Bonhoeffer, he said, is the antidote to Americans’ fearful acceptance or even collaboration with another popular political ideology that, once again, would set the races against each other.

“Bonhoeffer stands up against the Nazis because they had a racist view of the world. ‘The Germans are the best, the Jews are the worst.. it’s totally racial. Bonhoefer said, according to the Gospel, according to the Scripture, we cannot go with this. And he was a lonely voice.”

“We always need heroic figures to speak the truth – loudly, boldly, humbly, strongly,” Metaxas said. And some people are going to say, ‘I know that’s right, but I can’t speak the truth, I need to keep my job.’ And that’s where we are right now.”

“There are tons of Americans….they know this is loony.

“This is where it comes to Bonhoeffer. He saw it. He tried to get the word out to the German church: “If we don’t unite now, and if we don’t protest now, we’re done.” And by the time they woke up, it was too late. 

“We are exactly in that place in this country. We are no different than the Germans. They were fooled. They were comfortable. When evil came, they were not able to stand against this.

“I believe the Lord gave me my Bonhoeffer book to write as a prophetic warning to the church in America today. The question is, did they get the message?”

For more information on Metaxas, see ericmetaxas.com. Copies of his books, including Bonhoeffer, will be on sale during his visit to Vermont. 

Metaxas, China expert Gordon Chang, and black conservative speaker Will Johnson will be featured during the September visit, which begins with a banquet, on Friday, September 10 at 6 PM at Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. Together they will share their love for our country, the freedom it offers, and the threat posed by (among others) the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  To register with a credit card, go to VTGrassroots.com and scroll down to the event Click on “Learn more/get tickets” and follow the instructions from there. 

To register with a check, send $45 per person with a note stating your name(s), email address, and dinner choices, Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian, to VT Grassroots, 54B River Road, Underhill VT 05489. Your dinner ticket will be emailed to you. 

An all-day seminar will be held 8 am – 5 pm Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the IGNITE Church in Williston. Plan to spend the day and let our speakers inform and guide you through the deep morass the CCP (and others) have tried to trap America in, and what we as citizens can do about it. $10 tickets include a box lunch.  

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4 replies »

  1. BLM, BDS, Vermonters for Peace&Justice for Palestine, etc., are Marxist organizations filled with angry, self-righteous “peace activists” fueled by intellectual left-wing steroids. They are right, and you are wrong, by virtue of their cultural elitism. If they see ANYTHING produced by “fascist” conservatism, they shut down, or do their best to cancel any narrative they disagree with. The local media, Barre Times, the Free Press and 7 Days, VPR, and the national, CNN, MSNBC, Boston Globe, NY Times, etc. I’ve never seen Americans like this, and this is just the beginning of woes, especially for freedom of speech and religion.

  2. Eric Metaxes’ biography on Bonhoeffer is one of the most comprehensive biographies I’ve ever read and highlights the life of man whose faith and personal sacrifices have gone unrecognized for far too long. I strongly recommend it.

    • Bonhoeffers ” Cost of Discipleship” is humbling and an awesome read for truly serving Christ in our lives.

  3. Metaxes’ success re-acquainting us with Bonhoeffer (and Luther) has been a blessing. Bringing attention to folks we can admire in the tradition of the “Lives of the Saints” can’t but be helpful.

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