A great post by Everyday for Life Canada on the Declaration of Barmen.
If there's one thing that's lacking in the world today it's courage. Imagine trying to boss around the great Protestant theologian, Karl Barth? Wish we had more like him today! Edifying.
Where does courage come from? Faith. It comes from allegiance to that power higher than the state. Faith coupled with a truly gifted ability to reason - again, that Barth had - makes one truly impressive. To the contrary are ideologues - people whose faith lies in finite things, to which they irrationally ascribe infinite value.
Faith is the ability to die alone, poor, and misunderstood. This is something Barth had. Fear of these things is what keeps Christians in Canada from developing a Culture of Life.
Where are his Canadian disciples? Seriously. I studied with some really nice Protestants in Toronto. But, even despite the fact that I spent my childhood as a Protestant, I don't get them. Aren't they just a bunch of completely secularized liberals with a few drifting conservatives mixed in. (Intended to be provocative.) Give me Barthians, give me Barthians by the bowl full!