Classic and contemporary excerpts.
Beyond the bottom line
Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live.… The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.
—David Livingstone in David Livingstone and Alexander Mackey
Trust and obey
He that hopes to find peace by trusting God must obey him.
—Samuel Johnson in Sermons (XIV)
Boredom breeds sin
Many think the Christian life is prosaic, dull, uneventful. It is anything but that! If it appears that way, it is almost certainly a life out of focus with true spirituality; in other words, a carnal Christian life.
—Ray Stedman in Man of Faith
Seeing God within
Are we attractive Christians? Do we give people the impression that the most marvellous thing in the world is to be a Christian and to have the Spirit of God within us? This is the thing to which we are called and the way to do that is positively to avoid grieving the Spirit, and to walk in him, to dwell in him as he dwells in us, and to be led by him in all things.
—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Growing in the Spirit
Religious neutrality only produces disdain
Neutrality to religion guarantees neutrality to those very values that issue from religion.
As Justice William O. Douglas put it 40 years ago, if “in every and all respects there shall be a separation of church and state,” then “the state and religion would be aliens to each other—hostile, suspicious and even unfriendly.”
We cannot deny in our public schools that our values, our principles and the spirit of our institutions all come from the Judeo-Christian tradition. That tradition and the American tradition are wedded. When we have disdain for our religious tradition, we have disdain for ourselves.
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