Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jonathan Edwards on Ministry to the Poor

Speaking of ministry to the poor, Edwards wrote:

"If they are come [into poverty] by a vicious idleness and prodigality [laziness and self-indulgence]; yet we are not thereby excused from all obligation to relieve them, unless they continue in those vices...if we do otherwise, we shall act in a manner very contrary to the rule of loving one another as Christ loved us. Now Christ hath loved us, pitied us, and greatly laid out himself to relieve us from that want and misery which we brought on ourselves by our own folly and wickedness. We foolishly and perversely threw away those riches with which we were provided, upon which we might have lives and been happy to all eternity"

-Taken from Ministries of Mercy, The Call of the Jericho Road
by Tim Keller