Friday, November 06, 2020

Temple: influence on the world

Friday, November 6, 2020
    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 an age when it is 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 it exercise of political influence. It is assumed that the Church exercises little 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 extremely questionable.
    ... William Temple (1881-1944), Christianity and Social Order, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1942, p. 7 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 12:18-21; Isa. 60:2-3; Hos. 6:6; Amos 5:24; Luke 2:30-32; Acts 11:18; 13:46-48; Rom. 15:8-12;
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I should not be blind to Your acts in the world.
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