“Less politics and more scholarship! And don’t give so much of yourself to this cause. Yours is scholarship-and one can never know what the future may bring politically. You understand me-my advice places me in your hands, I wish you well.” I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer.
The advice from this German professor was something that caught my eye as I read his diary today. The gentle advice to this woman, whom he said was “an adherent to the new regime,” was daring. It was advice that I think makes sense for many of us today. As soon as I read it though, my mind changed it up a bit.
Maybe for us, we could change it to “Less politics, and more Jesus! And don’t give so much of yourself to this cause. Yours is Jesus-and one can never know what the future may bring politically.”
Have we spent too much time on politics and not Jesus? Sadly, I just have to think yes. How else do Nazi’s have such a strong presence right now?
(The fact that I wrote that sentence tells me that something is very wrong with the world but more importantly that something is wrong with us in the church)
“We are all infected impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6