Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lent Reading: Quote of the Day 19

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Meditations on the Cross, the chapter entitled "Ecce Homo" (Behold the Man) based on John 19:5

God does not love some ideal person, but rather human beings just as we are, not some ideal world, but rather the real world...

While we try to outgrow our being human, to leave the human being behind us, God becomes a human being, and we must recognize that God wants us, too, to be human beings, real human beings...

Whoever despises human beings is despising that which God loved, and, indeed, is despising the very form of the incarnate God.
Do I hate the fallen-ness in me, or do I hate myself? Am I despising the very thing - the very people - God loved and died for?

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