Sunday, April 20, 2008

I tie responsibility to the poor, creation care, and Pentecost together in an extension of this familiar parable

You’re familiar with the parable: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime...” That’s okay, as far as it goes. But it doesn’t reflect real-world complexity, complicity, mutual accountability or spiritual depth. Let me extend and complete the parable: “…provided that you guarantee his or her right to fish freely and responsibly, ensure that the water upstream is not being polluted, and share table fellowship in a spirit of gratitude and mutual accountability.”

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