April 9, a Day of Infamy

Many people remember December 7, 1941 as a “Day of Infamy” from President Roosevelt’s speech to congress declaring war on Japan. Actually, there were a number of “days of infamy” related to World War II, and April 9 rates very high on that list.

As I will be busy this coming Sunday, I wanted to get this post in before something happened and I failed to mention this anniversary. April 9, 2017 will be the 72nd anniversary of the murder of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was sentenced to die by Adolf Hitler because of his links to the many conspirators who attempted to assassinate Hitler. In many ways, however, he went to the gallows in the Flossenburg concentration camp because of his Christian convictions.

The narrative of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hans von Dohnanyi, General Hans Oster, Admiral Walter-Wilhelm Canaris, and many, many others stands as a stark reminder to those today who put their hope, and trust, in a human leader. The relative peace and security of the past couple of decades has numbed us to the reality that evil lurks deep in the hearts of mankind, and all it takes is a little crack in the foundation to allow that evil to escape.

April 9, 1945 was a day of infamy, as were so many other days during that dark time. It is good that we stop and remember those days, and offer a prayer that we never see their likes again.

Requiescat in pace, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Author: Paul Smith

Paul Smith was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry, Master of Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity, all from Abilene Christian University; and the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Paul's passion is in teaching and preaching the gospel. Beyond the study of the Bible, his main academic interest is in the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is an unashamed mountain-goat, and longs to spend his time with his feet in a cold trout stream.

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