Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gore: the fellowship and money

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    Feast of Matthias the Apostle
    For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
    —2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV)
    What fellowship means in material matters is made very plain. Every man is to work for his living. “If a man will not work, neither let him eat.” But those who cannot work are to be provided for out of the common fund. Old and helpless persons who have relations of their own should, indeed, find support from them and not be forced to come upon the Church; but for the resourceless the Church must provide. And those who are rich and who earn more than enough to support their own families are to be willing contributors to the common fund. The love of money—the desire to accumulate wealth—is the root of every kind of evil. The relation of one to another is to be that of members in one body, in which, if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.
    ... Charles Gore (1853-1932), Christ and Society, London: Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1928, p. 78-79 (see the book)
    See also 2 Thess. 3:10Matt. 6:24; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:11-12; 1 Tim. 5:3-6,13; 6:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me diligence in my work.
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