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Friday, March 11, 2016

Lenten Mercy~Meditation: Wendell Berry and Curious Logic

Amidst all the media talk these days about the importance of the so-called Evangelical vote, I came across this Wendell Berry quote. 

Especially among Christians in positions of wealth and power, the idea of reading the Gospels and keeping Jesus' commandments as stated therein has been replaced by a curious process of logic. According to this process, people first declare themselves to be followers of Christ, and then they assume that whatever they say or do merits the adjective "Christian".
Wendell Berry, Blessed are the Peacemakers:Christ's Teachings of Love, Compassion and Forgivenesss


  1. Wendell Berry is pointing out that Christians throughout history have continuously started wars, have profited from greedy acts, and have conducted themselves more often than not in a way completely opposite from what Christ taught. And all in the name of Christianity. Jesus taught forgiveness, compassion and peacemaking and that is what a true Christian should embrace as their ideals.

  2. You have stirred up an interest in Wendell Perry. Think I will get one of his books. You are a good teacher. Your posts are so informative and have opened new insights for me. Grateful.

  3. Sometimes we need something like this to think about. Do I follow Christ or do I subscribe to Christianity as put forth by the leaders of the Church. And do I recognize the differences?

    1. In response to the three comments above: this is what I mean when we hear the term Christic-Center. It is easily lost. We are readily fooled into thinking we "have it".

  4. I am not sure what you mean about an Evangelical vote, but I do understand when you say that we have lost our Christic-Center. Jesus should be the main focus of our thoughts and actions and we shouldn't worry so much about the other things that don't matter. How can we say that we put Christ first and then turn our backs on our fellow man?