I rarely read a book twice anymore because my reading list is too long. I just don’t have the time if I’m ever going to get around to all of the books that I want to complete. However, The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an exception to my rule. I dusted it off this morning and took it with me while waiting to have the breaks replaced on the van. I was surprised to find that it is even better the second time around. Bonhoeffer had this to say about “believers” who, when asked to obey what God is calling them to, summon a false dichotomy between belief and obedience:
“You are trifling with the subject. If you believe, take the first step, it leads to Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe, take the first step all the same, for you are bidden to take it. No one wants to know about your faith or unbelief, your orders are to perform the act of obedience on the spot. Then you will find yourself in the situation where faith becomes possible and where faith exists in the true sense of the word”.
Well said Bonhoeffer! I appreciate his separation between the concepts of faith and belief. Faith is not an intellectual exercise… it is an obedient response to the call of Christ.
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