I’ve been pondering the arguments for and against the emerging church lately. What I’ve discovered is that both sides are trying to convince each other of who is right and who is wrong. Of who is the better “Christian” and who is not. The bottom line: The Truth will always prevail. The life of a believer and follower of Jesus Christ is one of total obedience. When that happens, then we are worthy of the name Christian. Until then we must keep trying.
Here are some of Bonhoeffer’s words to chew on and ponder…
The Call To Discipleship: The call goes forth, and is at once followed by the response of obedience. The response of the disciples is an act of obedience, not a confession of faith in Jesus.
Single-Minded Obedience: When he was challenged by Jesus to accept a life of voluntary poverty, the rich young man knew he was faced with the simple alternative of obedience or disobedience. When Levi was called from the receipt of custom and Peter from his nets, there was no doubt that Jesus meant business. Both of them were to leave everything and follow. Again, when Peter was called to walk on the rolling sea, he had to get up and risk his life. Only one thing was required in each case–to rely on Christ’s word, and cling to it as offering greater security than all the securities in the world. The forces which tried to interpose themselves between the word of Jesus and the response of obedience were as formidable then as they are to-day. Reason and conscience, responsibility and piety all stood in the way, and even the law and “scriptural authority” itself were obstacles which pretended to defend them from going to the extremes of antinomianism and “enthusiasms.” But the call of Jesus made short work of all these barriers, and created obedience. That call was the Word of God himself, and all that it required was single-minded obedience.
Excerpts from The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer