Friday, July 29, 2022

Lichtenberger: what is man?

Friday, July 29, 2022
    Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord
    Thus says the Lord GOD: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord GOD.
    —Ezekiel 45:9 (ESV)
    As Christians we believe that man is not a thing; he is not a commodity to be bought and sold, and he is not to be used in an impersonal way. Man, a child of God, is a person with a personal destiny and with eternal value. This Christian belief underlies the democratic principle that the State, first of all, exists for the sake of its citizens; the individual is important...
    As Christians we also believe that we are made for one another because we are made for God. “Solidarity” is a good word for our essential condition. Beneath all our differences is a unity... This Christian belief underlies a second basic democratic principle, which is, in governing themselves, people of a community—in a town, a city, a state, a nation—can, despite inevitable conflicts, press effectively toward the goal of justice and liberty for all.
    ... Arthur Lichtenberger (1900-1968), The Day is at Hand, New York: Seabury Press, 1964, p. 104-105 (see the book)
    See also Eze. 45:9; Ps. 82:2-5; Isa. 1:17; Jer. 22:3; Zech. 8:16; Luke 3:10-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your kingdom come on this earth.
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