I spent many hours (approximately 24) listening to the Bonhoeffer book by Eric Mataxes. I learned much about Bonhoeffer and much about the goings on in Nazi Germany.
Hitler seemed to have been as close to a purely evil human as one can get. Yet looking at my own sinfulness . . . . . ‘there but for the grace of God go I”.
We reportedly have many, many evil despots in the world today. But I wonder if we secretly would like someone to kill them instead of ask a loving God save them? And still have we once prayed for God to save their souls? In the eyes of a holy God the despots are no more evil or sinful than I, yet for some reason I think I am more worthy and deserving of the sacrifice of Jesus than they. I seldom pray for God to work in the lives of the terrorists, but Jesus died for them too.
Getting back to the book. . . . if in the same circumstance would I plot to kill a killer or simply give tacit consent for the attrocities because I am too scared for my own life and the lives of others to stand up for what is right?