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June 30, 2009

Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don’t go hungry, unschooled, or sick without care.” — Bill Moyers


“The followers of Christ have been called to peace. And they must not only have peace but also make it. To that end they renounce all violence and tumult. … His disciples keep the peace by choosing to endure suffering rather than inflict it on others. They maintain fellowship where others would break it off. They renounce hatred and wrong. In so doing they overcome evil with good, and establish the peace of God in the midst of a world of war and hate.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

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    1. July 4, 2009 10:10 pm

      I’ve heard it said that justice is what love (or charity–Old English) looks like in public. I think I’d quibble with Bill Moyers and say we need both.

      But I’d NEVER quibble with Bonhoeffer. God’s peace filling this world sounds so wonderful, but (sigh), always just out of reach.


    2. Caroline permalink*
      July 7, 2009 8:52 am

      @ Mike!

      I would agree — we DO need both. And I love that saying — I’ve heard it attributed to Cornell West. It pretty much describes my philosophy on life.

      I would never pick a fight with Dietrich either — how can you argue with God’s peace? Answer: you can’t. 🙂

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