April 20, 2006

Faith in Action

“[The Lord] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”--Micah 6:8, NRSV
“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all--the apathy of human beings.”--Helen Keller
“In the world to come, I shall not be asked, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ I shall be asked, ‘Why were you not Zusya?’”--Rabbi Zusya
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”--Isaiah 58:6-8, NRSV
“Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.”--Margaret Chase Smith
“Peace of heart that is won by refusing to bear the common yoke of human sympathy is a peace unworthy of a Christian. To seek tranquility by stopping our ears to the cries of human pain is to make ourselves not Christian but a kind of degenerate stoic having no relation either to stoicism or Christianity.”--A. W. Tozer
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”--G. K. Chesterton
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”--C. S. Lewis
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”--John Wesley
“Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.”--Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The greatest want of the world is the want of men [and women] . . . who will not be bought or sold; . . . who in their inmost souls are true and honest; . . . who do not fear to call sin by its right name; . . . whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; . . . who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.”--Ellen G. White, Education, p. 57.
“Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”--Inscribed at the Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.