All right, all right, my title is a little misleading. Focus on the Family produces some great radio theater, and one of my favorite productions is Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom. It’s on sale at ChristianAudio.com for only $4.98, and it’s well worth it.
I’ve always been fascinated by Christians who are (or were) able to persevere in the face of all sorts of evil. What gives them the courage to stand up and be hated, not to mention physically persecuted or killed? What gives them the hope to continue when evil seems overwhelming?
Bonhoeffer, the pastor, author, and co-conspirator against Hitler in Nazi Germany seems a perfect example of the kind of person I mean. You can read more about his life and work in this review Melinda posted at STR of the biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Her closing paragraph includes the answer to my perseverance question:
The most enduring thing I took from Bonhoeffer’s life is that he was able to do what he did by the power of God. He sought it daily and earnestly. The good news is that the same God has abundant grace and mercy to strengthen us for doing His will in the world for the Kingdom.
It really is that simple.