Monday, August 29, 2011

I desire goodness and not sacrifice

The fundamental conviction of the prophets, which distinguished them from the ordinary religious life of their day, was the conviction that God demands righteousness and demands nothing but righteousness.

Insofar as people have attempted to use the Old Testament as a code of model laws and institutions and have applied these to modern conditions, regardless of the historical connections, these attempts have left a trail of blunder and disaster. Insofar as they have caught the spirit that burned in the hearts of the prophets and breathed in gentle humanity through the Mosaic Law, the influence of the Old Testament has been one of the great permanent forces making for democracy and social justice.

[a couple of choice quotes from an opening chapter of Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic That Woke Up the Church]

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