Saturday, April 11, 2015

Green: the false dichotomy

Saturday, April 11, 2015
    Commemoration of George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878
    Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
    He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
    —Mark 3:4-5 (NIV)
    We suffer today from a false distinction between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual. The Christian church has sometimes behaved as though only the spiritual element in man was the subject of God’s concern. The actions of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels give the lie to this, and show that God’s salvation concerns the whole man (Mark 3:4). Indeed the word [salvation] is used most frequently in the Gospels with reference to the healing of disease.
    ... Michael Green (b. 1930), The Meaning of Salvation, Regent College Publishing, 2000, p. 112 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 8:25; 14:30,36; Mark 3:4-5; 6:56; 10:52; Luke 8:36; 17:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, all my time and work belongs to You.
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