Saturday, November 05, 2005

CQOD: 11/06/05 -- Temple: influence on the world

Christian Quotation of the Day

November 6, 2005
Feast of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1944
    Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
    -- Matthew 12:18-21 (KJV)

    In this age when it seems tacitly assumed that the Church is concerned only with another world than this, and in this world with nothing but individual conduct as bearing on prospects in that other world, hardly anyone reads the history of the Church in respect to its exercise of political influence. It is often assumed that the Church exercises little such influence and ought to exercise none; it is further assumed that this assumption is self-evident and has always been made by reasonable men. As a matter of fact the assumption is entirely modern and unjustified.
    ... Archbishop William Temple (1881-1944), Christianity and Social Order [1942]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I should not be blind to Your acts in the world.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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