Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quick Note

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 -- Week of Proper 11, Year Two
Albert John Luthuli, Prophetic Witness in South Africa, 1967

Today's Readings for the Daily Office
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 977)

Psalms 119:49-72 (morning)       49, [53] (evening)
Joshua 8:30-35
Romans 14:13-23
Matthew 26:57-68

Today another new observation from the new proposed calendar:
A. M. J. Luithuli [1898-July 21, 1967] Zulu Chief and Nobel Laureate, he was an early champion of the African National Congress in the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa. His Christian faith sustained him in his struggles. H was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960. (July 21)

Read more at the Holy Women, Holy Men blog.  Or you might order the newly released book of the proposed calendar by the same name, published by Church Publishing. 

I've got to leave early for a morning meeting in Little Rock.

No time to write.  But Paul's argument in Romans invites us to allow for another's belief or scruples, remaining in community with them, not forcing them to agree with you, and to exercise your own freedom within respectful constraints with regard to the other's beliefs.  Paul may be talking about eating meat from the marketplace, meat that has been dedicated to Apollo or one of the Greco-Roman gods.  Some Gentile Christians believed it was a participation in idolatry to eat such meat.  Paul thought that was silly, but urged those who were not bothered by those scruples to be charitable toward those who were.  You are free to eat the marketplace meat in your own home or elsewhere, but if you know you are eating with your more sensitive Gentile neighbors, eat something else that meal.

How might his advice help us through the many religious and political scruples that tend to divide us?



At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad Paul wasn't talking to the world. He was talking to believers. The fact is, we are divided already, at least we are supposed to be. "in, not of".



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