Friday, January 03, 2020

Fuller: another fool for Christ

Friday, January 3, 2020
    Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970
    All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove [Jesus] out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
    —Luke 4:28-30 (NIV)
    George Brush, the hero of [Thornton Wilder’s] “Heaven’s My Destination,” a textbook salesman and evangelist extraordinary, is the innocent fool, in the kindliest sense of both the noun and the adjective. He is striving to be the fool in Christ, sowing the inevitable amazement, consternation and wrath that must ensue when Christ’s fool runs at large among the worldly wise.
    ... Edmund Fuller (1914/15-2001), “Thornton Wilder: the Notation of the Heart”, originally in American Scholar, September, 1959, pp 210-217, included in Books with Men Behind Them, New York: Random House, 1959, p. 49-50 (see the book)
    See also Luke 4:28-30; Mark 3:20-21; John 15:8-9; 1 Cor. 1:20-25; 2:14; 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, you show that we cannot hold onto our friends’ good opinion of us and the Gospel.
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