Sunday, October 08, 2006

Church

Here's a great quotation:

"We must delight in each other, make others' conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body."

Those words were spoken by John Winthrop, leader of the Puritan immigrants to America, in a speech to his fellow travellers aboard the Arbella in 1630. The speech was entitled "A Model of Christian Charity." He reminded his fellow colonists that they were called by God to be "a city on a hill," a beacon for the world to see and think of God.

What a great way to view the church!

2 comments:

Pam said...

I love old quotes like that because it reminds me that people are essentially the same over time and cultures. Nothing about human nature is new or shocking to God!

Jill said...

I would love to experience that kind of community! I wonder if they really experienced community that way back then or if that was a desire being voiced??? Seems like we have so many barriers to that sort of community in our culture today. So sad.