The price we will not pay

I was reminded yesterday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A German Lutheran priest, he spoke out against the Nazi party from the start and he paid for it with his life.

There are too many champagne nationalists these days, I think. They talk about or campaign for things all from the safety and comfort of their homes or cafes. But big things require big sacrifices. And I’m not so sure the people who start all these armchair activism endeavours are prepared to give up more than the price of a latte.

What would I give up? Would I have the courage of Bonhoeffer to speak the truth, even if it would mean I could ultimately lose my life?

I’d like to think so but part of me wonders if I would, in the end, give in to my own cowardice.

3 thoughts on “The price we will not pay

  1. Edmund Kumar

    It is ok Erna. If GOD sees fit to make you a martyr, He will. Don’t put your head in the lion’s mouth, but if the lion wants to eat you….:)

  2. It could certainly start with armchair activism, but if in the end that’s all we do, then we will not achieve anything close to what Bonhoeffer did–and we should not kid ourselves into thinking we have “changed the world”.

    Nevertheless, a small start is still a good start!

  3. Dude

    i’ve wondered the same thing too. But personally i think..if a man inflicted with relentless atrocities/oppression, he will become stronger and courageous, gain more determination and eventually dare to give his life, given he fights for a noble/true cause.

Leave a Reply