Subject to Error, Like Everything Human

In April 1934, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote the following to a Swiss theologian on the cost of indecision in the face of Hitler’s rise to power:

A decision must be made at some point, and it’s no good waiting indefinitely for a sign from heaven that will solve the difficulty without further trouble. Even the ecumenical movement has to make up its mind and is therefore subject to error, like everything human.

But to procrastinate and prevaricate simply because you’re afraid of erring, when others — I mean our brethren in Germany — must make infinitely more difficult decisions every day, seems to me almost to run counter to love.

To delay or fail to make decisions may be more sinful than to make wrong decisions out of faith and love.

H/T: The Pipes

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