Wes Middleton says Christians shouldn't fear death.......addresses group at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Wes Middleton says Christians shouldn’t fear death…….addresses group at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“We as Christians are not afraid to die,” Wes Middleton told the men’s Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls, Texas today, Sunday, April 21, 2013

The theme of this lesson was lived by German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who defiedHitler before World War II and was executed in a German concentration camp only days before the Allies freed prisoners of the camp. Bonhoeffer, known as one of the most brilliant pastors and theologians of the 20th Century, seemed to know Hitler embodied evil long before other people in Germany did.

He risked his death on several occasions because he did not fear death. He rejected a good job offer in the United States at Union Seminary in New York to return to Germany becaue he felt God wanted him there to fight evil. Not only did he continue preaching in defiance of Hitler’s decrees, he also was involved in the plotting to stop Hitler.

When the plots failed and Bonhoeffer’s role in the planning became known to Hitler, the brave theologian’s fate was sealed.

Bonhoeffer made the famous quote, “To do nothing in the face of evil, is to do evil.”

Bonhoeffer’s courageous life is a great example of what Middleton told the class Sunday.

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