Thoughts on the state of the church in today’s society
I am prompted to write the following as I continue on a study of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and think about what this all means to us today.
What is the role of the church in today’s society? Is it the moral authority of the world? If it is and it does nothing to condemn evil and injustice in the world, how good is that authority?
Can a church dictate to individuals how to live one’s life when it offers no alternative or refuses to see alternatives?
What is the individual’s responsibility in all of this?
If the church is the ultimate authority, then do individuals have any responsibility at all? On the other hand, if each individual takes responsibility for their own moral conduct, where does that leave the church?