Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weil: social causes

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945
    If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
    —Hebrews 11:15-16 (ESV)
    Social enthusiasms have such power today, they raise people so effectively to the supreme degree of heroism in suffering and death, that I think it is as well that a few sheep should remain outside the fold in order to bear witness that the love of Christ is essentially something different.
    ... Simone Weil (1909-1943), Waiting for God, Emma Craufurd, tr., Putnam, 1951, p. 81 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 11:15-16; Luke 12:32; Phil. 3:20; Heb. 12:22-24; 13:14; Rev. 21:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Take my eyes off the world’s affairs, Lord, so that they might focus on the Kingdom.
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