While preparing for the Disciple Bible Study, I was reminded of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s dissertation on grace and especially Cheap Grace. Bonhoeffer was a German, Lutheran theologian who was martyred by the Nazi’s in World War II. One of his best known writings was a book entitled The Cost of Discipleship, which described how a Christian lives in the contemporary world. His discussion of grace has always meant a lot to me in that we Christians live in a diverse and complicated society where the apologetic for personal behavior is often to transfer blame and responsibility to another or another entity like the organized church. Real grace is accepting the responsibility for one’s own behavior.
We live in a time when the church is diminishing in societal relevance which is paradoxical to the Good News of Jesus Christ where unconditional love is the motivation for real grace. I think it’s good to reflect on a couple of Bonhoeffer’s statements to remind ourselves as the Body of Christ of our profound gift of grace given us through Jesus Christ.