Monday, February 06, 2006

CQOD: 02/06/06 -- Kelly: the one true poverty

Christian Quotation of the Day

February 6, 2006
Commemoration of Martyrs of Japan, 1597
    Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
    -- Proverbs 16:8 (ESV)

    The deepest need of men is not food and clothing and shelter, important as they are. It is God. We have mistaken the nature of poverty, and thought it was economic poverty. No, it is poverty of soul, deprivation of God’s recreating, loving peace. Peer into poverty and see if we are really getting down to the deepest needs, in our economic salvation schemes. These are important. But they lie farther along the road, secondary steps toward world reconstruction. The primary step is a holy life, transformed and radiant in the glory of God.
    ... Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941), A Testament of Devotion [1941]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to see first in others their need for You.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogged this on my site this a.m. before your link was up:

"A stream of Christian thought says that we should take care of people's physical needs and they will become healthy, wealthy and content enough to start thinking about God. Perhaps they're looking at Maslow's heriarchy of needs, but that's a theory of self-acutalization, not a spiritual guide, and certainly not Gospel.

"Today's entry on CQOD makes one wonder whether that reverses how we as Christians ought to be thinking."

12:46 PM  

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