Bonhoeffer was part of the German resistance movement against the Nazi Party and Hitler. As such, he was discovered, spent about eighteen months in prison and was executed by hanging for his attempts to overthrow the dictatorship. As he prepared for hanging, he knelt on his knees stripped naked:
"I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer... kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God." (Eberhard Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography, p. 927)Dietrich Bonhoeffer was the Jeremiah of his time. Before we look at Jeremiah, consider what Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV) "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."In a sermon Herr Bonhoeffer said this about Paul's quotation:
Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christian should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong. (Dietrich Bonnhoeffer Sermon on II Cor. 12:9)Bonhoeffer, as a weak Christian, took a strong stand against power and was martyred for it! His weapons were God's word and his might because of his faith. Let me for a second compare him to my hero, Sergeant Alvin York. The backwoodsmen York was a conscientious objector because he did not believe in killing even the enemy. After days of prayer he gave up his fight against the draft and went to the German front.
After only seven soldiers remained under his leadership York said:
"All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn't want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had."As he was attacked by six bayonets of which he killed the bearers and ended up capturing 132 German prisoners with only a pistol and the power of God! York was the hero of WWI and Bonhoeffer was in WWII. Both fought the power of German strength with the aid of God whose "power is made perfect in weakness"! Humble godly men fought governmental power because God's "grace is sufficient". Yes, God is still the enemy of those who step on his children and wield the power of evil. Both York and Bonhoeffer knew that to save many lives, the cost was sometimes the loss of a few!
Now let's look at Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 1:13 (ESV) "The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.” 14 Then the Lord said to me, “Out of the north disaster shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For behold, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the Lord, and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil in forsaking me. They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands. 17 But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. 18 And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”Jeremiah was a weak man endowed by God in power. He preached against sin and his mission was for the Jews to turn back to God and away from sin and false prophets. God had allowed the most powerful nation on earth to gather around Judah and with the strength of God, Jeremiah stood tall. He became the enemy of the king, the officials, the priests and the people of the land. They saw him as a naysayer: they would be punished by destruction from the enemy if they did not change! They didn't change and Judah was totally destroyed by the Babylonians and remained so until 1948.
Bonhoeffer was a Jeremiah and so was York. Where are our Jeremiah's today? What preacher will risk their life for truth and righteousness? Stand up weak man and let God be your power!
Stand up against what? My viewpoint is that Marxism is the Apocalyptic government and the power of it's leader, the antichrist, will declare himself God. The resulting government is a New World Order with a false religion to which all men must bow. Those who refuse to take the mark in order to engage in commerce will be beheaded! Some believe this will occur after the rapture of the saints and others before. Without regard to timing, for the people to be deceived, this dictatorship must be accepted gradually and in small steps. Man is fooled carefully and the devil is patient!
Then, what does this have to do with the Democrat Party? It, like its European counterparts, has been selected to propagate Marxism. It's the progressive take-over of the party which steers them now. My hero was Alvin York, a staunch Democrat, but the party of 2014 is terribly different than the party of 1945! Sgt. York, a strong Christian, would be dismayed with the evil that lurks within the party: abortion on demand, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, fueling racial hatred, feminism, the acceptance of pagan religions, the propaganda or spin machine, the political correctness, the redistribution of wealth under the guise of "social justice" and the hunger for power among other things. In fact the 2012 Democrat Convention voted to take all references to "God" out of the platform, but it was reluctantly put back in. One word in the platform now mentions "God" referring to "God-given potential".
These Marxist tenets are "the Democrat mindset". I wish they weren't, but they are! In my life as George Wallace once "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Party" and there wasn't! Both had their good and their bad. However, we're now at a different crossroads. While the Republican Party is rank with elite, the base is still "the Christian right". The Party Platform is one that appeals to Christians because the Platform reflects Christian interests. On the other hand, the Democrat Party Platform should be anathema to those who put their trust in God. Using smooth appeasing words, it represents evil. Bonnhoeffers and Yorks should fight this evil!
I have no power except what God inspires. I have no prestige to spread the message. This blog is a feeble attempt to warn, as Jeremiah did, that unless wickedness ceases, America will be destroyed. It won't necessarily be by force, but from within. Our battle is against principalities, false prophets and the devil himself. Just as Marx, Hitler and Stalin were Satan-inspired, I believe that the progressives who havetaken control of the Democrat Party are tools of the Prince of the Air, and as such, I take a strong stand against their power and abuse! The "Democrat Mindset" has two natures: 1) the deceivers and 2) the deceived. I'm neither! Which are you?