Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Godsey: opposites united

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
    —1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (NIV)
    [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] challenged the church to rethink its own mission in the radically secular world of the twentieth century... The nonbelieving brave men he met in the anti-Nazi underground, the stark realities of prison life, and his disappointment in the professional churchmen of Germany, all may have influenced Bonhoeffer to see real Christianity as “non-religious” and “worldly.”.. The opposition between sacred and secular, supernatural and natural, seemed unreal to him—the apparent opposites are united in Jesus Christ.
    ... John D. Godsey (1922-2010), The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1960, p. 17 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Ps. 39:6; 73:20; Isa. 40:6-8; Jas. 1:10-11; 4:14; 1 John 2:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me to know the the shortness of my days.
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