This is the only definition of relevance the Church needs to care about – does our common life look like Christ’s? Is the pattern of our common life one that is relevant not to the world around us but imitates, with all our heart, and soul, and mind, the one who came among us to serve? — The Irrelevance of Relevance
Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me.
God is not dead — nor is he an indifferent onlooker at what is going on in this world. One day He will make requisition for blood; He will call the oppressors to account. Justice may sleep, but it never dies. The individual, race, or nation which does wrong, which sets at defiance God’s great law… will be sure, sooner or later, to pay the penalty. We reap as we sow. With what measure we mete, it shall be measured to us again. —
Rev. Francis Grimké, “A Resemblance and a Contrast between the American Negro and the Children of Israel, in Egypt, or the Duty of the Negro to Contend Earnestly for His Rights Guaranteed under the Constitution,” 1902.
Rev. Francis Grimké was a Presbyterian minister in Washington, DC, at the turn of the 20th Century. Born to an enslaved mother, he went to Howard University and then Princeton Theological Seminary after emancipation. In the shadow of the failed Reconstruction, his preaching emphasized the providence and almighty power of God to justify and rescue African-Americans and redeem the racist America — and he helped to shape the form of black preaching as it came into its own.
The church’s task in each country is to make of each country’s individual history a history of salvation. — Archbishop Oscar Romero, 12/11/1977 (via locusimperium)
Early Church: Athenagoras and Capital Punishment -
An early accusation against the Christian movement is that they were cannibals, and, therefore, murderers. Athenagoras, an Alexandrian Christian writing towards the end of the 2nd century, directed a letter to the emperors Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and Lucius…
To me, the trouble with Creationism is that it suggests not only did God make the world He went on sort of anxiously fiddling with it; so, it’s not just a matter of God creating the world right at the start, but every so often God gives a little twitch to the mechanism; and that suggests to me that perhaps it wasn’t good enough to start with; and that’s not any great compliment to God. — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams (via ffirouzeh)
Many young people have come here and worked with us, and they tell us after a while that they have learned a lot and are grateful to us, but they disagree with us on various matters – our pacifism, our opposition to the death penalty, our interest in small communities, and our opposition to the coercive power of the state. You people are impractical, they tell us, nice idealists, but not headed anywhere big and important. They are right. We are impractical, as one of us put it, as impractical as Calvary. There is no point in trying to make us into something we are not. We are not another Community Fund group, anxious to help people with some bread and butter and a cup of coffee or tea. We feed the hungry, yes; we try to shelter the homeless and give them clothes, if we have some, but there is a strong faith at work; we pray. If an outsider who comes to visit doesn’t pay attention to our praying and what that means, then he’ll miss the whole point of things. We are here to bear witness to our Lord. We are here to follow His lead. We are here to celebrate Him through these works of mercy. We are here, I repeat, to follow His lead – to oppose war and the murder of our fellow human beings, to reach out to all we see and meet. — Dorothy Day (via sapphicsass)
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"But the glory of God is precisely that for our sakes He comes down to the very depths, into human flesh, into the bread, into our mouth, our heart, our bosom; moreover, for our sakes He allows Himself to be treated ingloriously both on the cross and on the altar" Martin Luther
How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also but one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts. Unembarrassed they visit the sick and assist the needy. They give alms without anxiety; they attend the Sacrifice without difficulty; they perform their daily exercises of piety without hindrance. They need not be furtive about making the Sign of the Cross, nor timorous in greeting the brethren, nor silent in asking a blessing of God. Psalms and hymns they sing to one another, striving to see which one of them will chant more beautifully the praises of their Lord. Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present; and where He is, there evil is not. — Tertullian, in a letter to his wife (via darkenedanddazzled)
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