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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Plague Flight

(HT: Baptist Blogger)

The following is a short excerpt from Martin Luther's "Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague." Think of this in terms of the AIDS epidemic, which is less contagious than the plague in Luther's day.
This I know, that if it were Christ or his mother who were laid low by illness, everybody would be so solicitous and would gladly become a servant or helper. Everyone would want to be bold and fearless; nobody would flee but everyone would come running. And yet they don’t hear what Christ himself says, ‘As you did to one of the least, you did it to me….’ If you wish to serve Christ and to wait on him, very well, you have your sick neighbor close at hand. Go to him and serve him, and you will surely find Christ in him, not outwardly but in his word. If you do not wish or care to serve your neighbor you can be sure that if Christ lay there instead you would not do so either and would let him lie there. Those are nothing but illusions on your part which puff you up with vain pride, namely, that you would really serve Christ if he were there in person. Those are nothing but lies; whoever wants to serve Christ in person would surely serve his neighbor as well.

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Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Yes. Beautiful words, but easier said than done.

We had an amazing man called Donald Soper who is dead now, but at one time he was the spiritual leader of the Methodist church. I saw him once and I remember him saying 'It is my duty to love my neighbour but I don't necessarily have to like him'.

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Blogger Taliesin said...

Much easier said than done. What does this say about believers in countries where they could die for their faith? Do they have to stay? I cannot make that decision for them or for anyone else.

In both cases (disease and persecution) I think some, especially those who are married with children, may be called to "play it safe" for the sake of their family. Jesus told His disciples to flee when they realized the destruction of Jerusalem was eminent.

But we have become kingdom of priests who "play it safe" first and only risk second. I believe, as hard as it is, it should be the other way around. Our primary reaction should be to risk and playing it safe should only be done after much prayer and counsel.

9:34 AM EDT  

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