Week 20: Thursday

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Colossians 4:6 NLT

5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

 

Here is Gandhi’s final advise to Dr. Jones:

 

Fourth, study the non-Christian religions more sympathetically to find the good that is within them, in order to have a more sympathetic approach to the people.”

 

Dr. Jones says, “This hits home. For undoubtedly, we Christians have approached the non-Christian religions not always with sympathetic insight to see the good but with critical attitudes to find the bad…”

 

 

Gandhi wrote what he considers the 7 deadly sins:

Wealth Without Work

Pleasure Without Conscience

Knowledge Without Character

Commerce Without Morality

Science Without Humanity

Religion Without Sacrifice

Politics Without Principle

 

Let’s translate it to a more positive note:

 

7 great contributions to the world that go beyond color, race, religion, physical appearance:

Wealth that comes from hard work

The love for life in the spirit of integrity and righteousness

Knowledge with humility

Commerce that helps and empowers the poor

Science with feet and love for humanity

Religion that loves our neighbors

Politics that serves and cares

 

 

May we never forget that we worship the Marketplace Messiah who sees and knows the hearts of men. May we be more like him when we relate to people of other religion. No prejudice. No judgment. No discrimination. No biases. Only conversation in love and love in action.

 

 

THE MARKETPLACE MESSIAH

By George Mcleod

 

“I simply argue that the Cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a CROSSROAD, so cosmopolitan they had to write the title in Hebrew, Latin and Greek…at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where he died. And that is what he died about…that is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.”

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