I’ve been watching each day as the Egyptian people protest their own government and demand the right of self-rule. At the same time I’m reading Metaxas’ biography of Bonhoeffer. It’s a strange combination which has somehow been fruitful. The similarities are interesting. In 1933 when the Nazi party was passing sweeping reform in their country, including the systematic oppression of Jews, Bonhoeffer began to speak out against their policies. I am by no means meaning to compare Mubarak to Hitler – not at all. However, I think Bonhoeffer’s experience with the state can teach us transferable lessons. What follows are just a few Bonhoeffer quotes interspersed with some of my thoughts about them – these are from a sermon he gave, and a paper he wrote. Both were soundly rejected by the German Christians, and served as the beginning foundation for what would soon come to be called the Confessing Church.