Other Christian Voices

“The great Christian revolutions come not by the discovery of something that was not known before. They happen when somebody takes radically something that was always there.” –H. Richard Niebuhr

“It seems that we Christians have been worshiping Jesus’ journey instead of doing his journey.” –Richard Rohr

“If evangelicals really believe that Jesus is Lord and that canonical Scripture is binding, then surely there is only one possibility. If Scripture calls us to love our enemies as Jesus loved his enemies at the cross, we must either accept the way of nonviolence or abandon our affirmation of scriptural authority.” –Ron Sider

“Action speaks. Jesus’s image of the city on the hill or the lamp in the room makes of all behavior a kind of speech. If the world is to learn of the kingdom coming, it will be by observing the law-fulfilling, truth-telling, enemy-loving lives of his disciples (Matt. 5:14-16). Not only does such behavior say that the kingdom is at hand; it also describes God. Jesus says that by loving their enemies his disciples will be like their heavenly father. This is said of no other ethical issue.” –John Howard Yoder (War of the Lamb, 78-79)

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” –G. K. Chesterton

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing’-oriented society to a ‘person’-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” “Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal opposition to poverty, racism and militarism.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ch. 6 of Where Do We Go from Here?; found in A Testament of Hope)

“For the Christian, public policies at home and abroad can never be based primarily on what is in one’s ‘national interest’, as the rhetoric of most politicians regularly alleges. Rather, we must ask what is in the interest of all humanity, materially and spiritually?….Still, there are limits to how much we can expect Christian values to take root in non-Christian structures. We should be spending the largest amount of our efforts on remoulding the church into a counter-cultural community. We may debate the best way to help the poor through economic and governmental policies, but the needy and marginalized in our world should have no doubts as to our compassion and concern. –Craig Blomberg (Neither Poverty Nor Riches, 252)

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