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Jan 14, 2008

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Peggy

Subsidiarity works for me...it is consistent with covenant keeping/cHesed and helps answer the "who is my neighbor" question.

I usually approach teaching on this by saying that we have levels of neighbors: those with whom we are in covenant and those whom we are to invite into covenant.

It is the loving of those with whom we are in covenant that is winsome to those we seek to invite. And the neglect of those with whom we are in covenant that is the most flagrantly hypocritical to those outside.

But as is so often the case, it is "easier" to lavish "love" on others because there is less accountability and responsibility for consistent behavior...the old story of the cobbler's children having no shoes, eh?

The challenge is to step up, reject the false guilt being foisted upon us, and get busy with those for whom we are responsible. And in that challenge we are to educate them and lead by example in discerning the difference between need and want...which, in my opinion, is one of the biggest issues.

How do we wrestle with these hugely complex issues and not lose heart or fall back to simplistic platitudes?

I'll stop there... ;^)

Michael W. Kruse

"And in that challenge we are to educate them and lead by example in discerning the difference between need and want...which, in my opinion, is one of the biggest issues."

Amen!

"How do we wrestle with these hugely complex issues and not lose heart or fall back to simplistic platitudes?"

Double Amen!

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