Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Stott: becoming human

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
    Feast of Chad, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
    [Jesus:] “Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’”
    —Mark 7:15 (NIV)
    To become Christian is in a real sense to become human because nothing dehumanizes more than rebellion against God or humanizes more than reconciliation to God and fellowship with God. But to assert joyfully that salvation includes humanization is not at all the same thing as saying that humanization (rescuing men from the dehumanizing process of modern society) equals salvation.
    ... John R. W. Stott (b. 1921), Christian Mission in the Modern World, London: Falcon; Downers Grove: IVP, 1975, p. 105 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have promised to the spirit as well as the body.
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