In March of 1933, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave his address, “The Church and the Jewish Question” to a group of pastors.Bonhoeffer made it clear that the church has an obligation to help and protect the Jews.

This would have seemed radical to even staunch rallies, especially since the Jews had not begun to suffer the horrors they would suffer in a few years. Bonhoeffer’s three conclusions–that the church must a question, help the state’s victims, and work against the state, if necessary–were too much for almost everyone.

But for him they were inescapable.

In time, he would do all three!

(Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, 155).