Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 11.9.16

On Tinder, you feel no guilt when you permanently trash the faces of others, and you feel no pain when others trash your face. But our lack of guilt and pain doesn’t change what we’re doing. Swipe by swipe, we are conditioning ourselves to trust our snap judgments and to treat human beings as disposable and replaceable. Is all our left-swiping making us far too comfortable treating people like ephemeral visual objects that await our instinctual judgments? Are we being trained to think that the faces of others can be disposed of and replaced with a judgmental flick of the thumb? Is the lesson we’re learning: Go ahead, give in, and judge books by their covers? Is the left swipe a dehumanizing gesture? Could repeatedly left-swiping over all those faces be diminishing any hope of an ethical response to other human beings?  Are we on some thumb-twisted, slippery, swipey slope to #APPjectification?
– Felicity Sargent

We all want to help kind-hearted, upright people, whose poverty came upon them through no foolishness or contribution of their own, and who will respond to our aid with gratitude and joy. However, almost no one like that exists.
– Tim Keller, Generous Justice

Before you can give this neighbor-love, you need to receive it. Only if you see that you have been saved graciously by someone who owes you the opposite will you go out into the world looking to help absolutely anyone in need. Once we receive this ultimate, radical neighbor-love through Jesus, we can start to be the neighbors that the Bible calls us to be.
– Tim Keller, Generous Justice

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of hisgrace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:4-10

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