Justification and Renewal

The ‘justification and renewal’ of the west, therefore, will come only when justice, order and peace are in one way or another restored, when past guilt is thereby ‘forgiven,’ when it is no longer imagined that what has been done can be undone by means of punitive measures and reprisals, and when the Church of Jesus Christ, as the fountain-head of all forgiveness, justification and renewal, is given room to do her work among the nations. The guilt of the apostasy from Christ is a guilt which is shared in common by the entire western world, however greatly degree of the offense may vary. The justification and the renewal must therefore likewise be shared in common by the whole of the west. No attempt can succeed which aims at saving the west while excluding one of the western nations.
(D. Bonhoeffer, Ethics, 119.)
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