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The Christian is always faced with difficult choices. God in his sovereignty allows us to be tested so that we can pray and trust him. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was certainly tested in 1939…

(Dietrich) Bonhoeffer‘s mother informed him that she had seen a notice ordering all men born in 1906 and 1907 to register with the military. Bonhoeffer’s hand would now be forced. he couldn’t declare himself a conscientious objector. That could bring about his arrest and execution. And it would have wide ramifications: if a Confessing Church leader was unwilling to take up arms for Germany, the Whole Confessing Church would be put in bad light. It would give the other Confessing Church pastors the idea that Bonhoeffer believed they must do the same, which he did not. It was all terrible problematic.

(Quoted in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, 322-323)

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