quote of the day
From relevant magazine's interview with author Philip Yancey:
"RM.com: Politics and faith have been a hot topic lately. What are your thoughts on the tension between politics, humanity and faith?
Phil Yancey: Martin Luther King Jr. used to say that you can pass laws to keep whites from lynching black people, or require them to open up their restaurants, but you can’t pass a law requiring one race to love another. That pretty well defines the tension. It took laws and Supreme Court decisions and federal marshals to overturn legalized racism in the South. But have we achieved King’s dream of a “beloved community”? I’m afraid we have a long way to go.
We can pass laws against abortion—but will we be willing to step forward with compassion toward the woman who delivers her child, as well as the child? We can define marriage as between a man and a woman, as many states have, but no law can address the spirit of judgment and exclusion that so many churches project toward gay people.
A fine example of this is the twenty-five million people who are already suffering from AIDS in Africa: “innocent” women, promiscuous individuals, orphans, children infected from birth. Laws that dispense funding for treatment will certainly help, but the church needs to step up with an outpouring of human compassion. I’ve been in some of those clinics, with volunteer “mothers” who come in from churches every day and hold babies. That’s not a legal issue, that’s pure compassion. If the church responds consistently with compassion toward the marginalized and disenfranchised, then we’ll simply be following in the steps of Jesus. And, I might add, that’s not the reputation of the modern church."