Friday, July 23, 2010

Clarke: getting concrete on the social implications

Friday, July 23, 2010
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    [The LORD:] When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
    —Isaiah 1:15-17 (NIV)
    The book would have been richer if [it had represented] that small but significant section of preachers who are not content with generalization where ‘the social implications’ of Christianity are concerned, but who are prepared to take sides on concrete issues. This is an admittedly different and dangerous proceeding, but one which certainly the prophets of Israel were not afraid to tackle. This is a form of witness-bearing, which the pulpit shuns at its peril.
    ... O. Fielding Clarke
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, embolden Your people, that we may not shrink from the right course.
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