I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Friday, May 31, 2013

Bonhoeffer on Political Idolatry

When a leader allows himself to succumb to the wishes of those he leads, of 
those who will always seek to turn him in to their idol, the image of the leader 
will gradually become the image of the "misleader"...this is the leader who 
makes an idol of himself and his office, and who thus mocks God! 
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Radical Integrity: The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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