Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone, therefore we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint; therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
SAVED BY HOPE...FAITH...AND LOVE. The following Reinhold Neibuhr quote was waiting in my inbox today from the folks at Bruderhof. It is a statement that must not be received passively. It cannot granted any notion of resignation. It is a call to action, to change, to intensively and aggressively address our generation's toughest spiritual and social issues...and to do so with limits of our energy, creativity, and time--and the future toward which God's love has come near--in mind and heart: