An open Letter to the church

Dear Church
I thought quite hard before writing this but I have been re reading a Bonhoeffer biography and last time I read it I was focussing on Bonhoeffers theology. This time I found myself constantly drawn to the political situation in th early 1930s right at the start of Hitlers rise and the churches failure to speak out, the internal politics of the more moderate voices (and the church) and how the Nazis used the social situation of unrest and unknown futures deliberately often using tactics of chaos, polarision, statements about recovery, moving on etc to manipulate and consolidate power. I have to say I see too many parallels with what is happening in the UK, (and the US) through the demonisation of socialism (ie how Corbyn was treated) preparing the way for a rise of right leaning politics, and the masquerading of elite political classes as being of/for the people and since Boris came to power how he and Cummings have access to even greater resources of the state for even greater manipulation. The whole contempt with which the public have been treated, blatant lies, then gaslightling concerned voices that we need to move on, the removal of Emily Matiliss from Newsnight for speaking truth to power, and the abuse of power through strategic ambiguity, is just too familiar after what I read in Bonhoeffers book, my spirit is ill at ease and I need to speak out.
The light in all this has been the bishops who have gone public, but the church is in danger of being complicit as the voices are still to few and internal wrangles have already started. Yes we need to pray for our leaders but we also need to stand up for integrity, and truth. Many of us will have seen the words of Niemöller “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” And it is important to note many like Bonhoeffer warned Pastor Niemöller what was going on as far back as mid 1930s. So we need our Bishops and church leaders of all denominations to speak louder, speak now, and SPEAK TOGETHER, and we need to do our part in encouraging them to do, whilst ourselves standing up and speaking truth to lies and power where we can and we need to so now.
Faithfully
Richard

5 thoughts on “An open Letter to the church

  1. Wasn’t Hitler a National Socialist? Far left, you need to read your history.

  2. Blessings, and spirit filling to you and yours… Let’s open our eyes, stand on God’s Truth and walk His Path…there are mountains to climb, rough terrain to negotiate…. We’re living this time in history, for a purpose… Let’s embrace the World brought to a Stop..
    Turn, to our forgiving God, in prayer…
    Armour on… It’s our time, to bring back Godly Standards, to this world..
    Love and His Forgiveness and Peace.
    United,may we stand…
    Under His Banner… <°°°

  3. Hey Fred Flintstone, there were socialists back then, there were communists, there were national socialists, there were many other groups, on the left and the right. And the left and right might be determined by economics, politics, other factors. So just because something, say, National Socialism says “socialism” in its name doesn’t mean it’s socialist. So actually, it’s you who needs to read your history. And a basic book on political theory. And it’s funny, because your name, Fred Flintstone doesn’t say “troll” and yet……

  4. Still people arguing Hitler was a socialist. Evidence of a failed education system. Hitler was a right wing zealot. I agree Richard today has many of the hallmarks of facism. Trump has just labelled anti fascists criminals!

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