How is it that one man [Adolf Hitler] slunk to his death defeated and is today despised by the whole world, while another man [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] went to his death with God's peace, and is today everywhere hailed as a hero, as one of the few Germans with the courage to see what was happening and to speak against it and act against it, even at the cost of his own life?
There's much to say by way of an answer, but since the Easter season is upon us, let's start there.
Bonhoeffer believed the Easter story. He actually believed the unbelievable story of God's coming to earth and dying and then rising from the dead to defeat death forever. He believed that because this was true, he need never fear death. All he needed to worry about was doing the right thing and trusting God with the results. And that he did.
Because Bonhoeffer believed these things he had the courage to do what almost no one else around him could do. He stood up for the Jews of Europe and today he is celebrated and cherished, while Hitler, who condemned him to death and who only believed in himself, is reviled as a monster.
If you're interested in reading the whole article, click HERE! Eric Metaxas is the author of "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"