Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Gore: divisions in the Christian Church

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872
    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
    —Matthew 5:9 (KJV)
    Do we habitually remember how it offends our Lord to see divisions in the Christian Church, nations nominally Christian armed to the teeth against one another, class against class and individual against individual in fierce and relentless competition, jealousies among clergy and church-workers, communicants who forget that the sacrament of union with Christ is the sacrament of union with their fellow men?
    Christians are to be the makers of Christ’s peace. Something we can all do [is] to reconcile individuals, families, classes, churches, nations. The question is, Are we, as churchmen and citizens, by work and by prayer, in our private conduct and our public action, doing our utmost with deliberate, calculated, unsparing effort? If so, our benediction is of the highest: it is to be, and to be acknowledged as being, sons of God.
    ... Charles Gore (1853-1932), The Sermon on the Mount [1910], London: John Murray, 1905, p. 43 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:9,23-26; Rom. 8:14; 15:5-7; 1 Cor. 1:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I shall be an instrument of Your peace.
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