In September of 1939, Germany was in the process of invading Poland. Dietrich Bonhoeffer has a yearlong deferral from military service.

What would he do after the year was up?

He could be a military chaplain! But his application was denied because only those in active duty could serve as chaplains.

The war put Bonhoeffer in a strange position. He has always been a man of seeming contradictions, and the war would magnify them. He knew he could not serve in Hitler’s Germany, but he was extraordinarily supportive when it came to the young men who did not see things his way.

His future decisions would not be easy! He certainly desired to make sure that his actions were in obedience to Jesus.

(Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, 349).