December 17, 2006

Ragamuffin Gospel

"Perhaps the real dichotomy in the Christian community today is not between the conservatives and the liberals or creationists and evolutionists but between the awake and the asleep. The Christian ragamuffin acknowledges with Macbeth: 'Life is but a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.' Just as a smart man knows is he stupid, so the awake Christian knows he/she is a ragamuffin.

Although truth is not always humility, humility is always truth: the blunt acknowledgment that I owe my life, being, salvation to Another. This fundamental act lies at the core of our response to grace.

The beauty of the ragamuffin gospel lies in the insight it offers into Jesus: the essential tenderness of his heart, his way of looking at the world, his mode of relating to you and me. 'If you really want to understand a man, don't jus tlisten to what he says, btu watch what he does."

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