Pastoral Musings from Rain City

it's about 'what is church?' it's about whether 'emergent' is the latest Christian trend or something more substantial. it's musing on what it means to live the city, in America, in community, intergenerationally, at this time in history...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Do Something

It's been great to open the discussion of these many ethical issues, and I hope people are able to keep posting on matters of sexuality, economics, violence and (still to come) environmental stewardship issues. The depth of insights, and the quality of questions asked lead me to believe that we have a need for more discussion forums for ethics, and I hope that we can provide that at Bethany in the coming year.

To follow up on a recent posting about the need to continue working on our own faithfulness while wrestling with these issues, I quote Henry Drummond, who offers sound advise for all of us in the midst of our wondering what to do next:

Where are you to begin? Begin where you are. Make that one corner, room, house, office, as like heaven as you can. Begin? Begin with the paper on the walls, make that beautiful; with the air, keep it fresh; with the very drains, meake them sweet. Abolish whatsoever makes a lie - in ocnversation, in social intercourse, in correspondence, in domestic life. This done, you have arranged for a heaven, but you have not got it. Heaven lies in kindness, in humbleness, in unselfishness, in faith, in live, in service. To get these in, get Christ in. Teach all in the house about Christ, what He did, and what He said, and how He lived. Teach it not as a doctrine, but as a discovery, as your own discovery. Live you own discovery.

Then pass out into the city. Do all to it that you have done at home.

This is our calling and to the extent that we get on with it, I assure you that we will continue, indeed must continue, to sort out the ethical issues along the way.


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