Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Set Apart

The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. - Gal 5:22-23
In the third century, St. Cyprian wrote to a friend named Donatus:
This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden... But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out... you know very well what I would see; brigands on the high road, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds...
Yet in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people... They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians...

What a compliment! A quiet and holy people
Quiet... Not obnoxious. Not boastful. Not demanding. Just quiet...
Holy... Set apart. Pure. Decent. Honest. Wholesome...
From The Inspirational Study Bible - Max Lucado
Maybe we could all take a lesson from third century Christians. Instead of standing up and demanding our ways be met, protesting every little thing we don't like, maybe we should take a Christlike attitude towards politics and the like.
Instead of yelling at the lost, why don't we calm down and show them how we were once found.

2 comments:

alehm said...

Word up. Check out my Christian polictics blog on my sight. It runs in the same vein as this.

Jonathan Blundell said...

Word. Check Aarons blog at: myspace.com/renew