27
Nov
09

Tis the season…

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is soon upon us.  Once the semester ends, I intend to post some more substantial work with scripture.  At the moment, however, I’m thinking about last year’s Black Friday tragedy in which people were injured and even killed in what are called “door rush” sales.

This is the time of year when many, many people make large and small donations to various charitable causes and spend significant amounts of money on gifts, to make others happy.  And yet, and yet…

1 Corinthians 13:3  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Yes, yes I used the AV on purpose, for its little gloss on the poor.  Nevertheless, the thought remains with me that charity (love, actually) is not really a function of money, but of the impulses and their expressions that lie behind our interaction with each other.  Paul seems to have thought that it is quite possible to love from within the depths of poverty, and equally possible to be unloving while engaged in charitable activities.

And that’s a sobering thought because it’s far harder to guard one’s thoughts and motives than it is reach for a dollar bill when you hear that little bell tingling…

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