Friday, February 15, 2008

A victory Christ can give us today

William Whiting Borden (1887-1913), heir to the Borden Dairy fortune, already a millionaire in high school, graduate of Yale, gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ with this life motto: "No reserves, no retreats, no regrets." He died a missionary to Muslims in Egypt.

Dr. Samuel Zwemer, who knew Borden well, said this at the funeral: "He won the victory over his environment. By some the victory has to be won over poverty; by others over heredity or over shame and temptation; but Borden won the victory over an environment of wealth. He felt that life consisted not in 'the abundance of things a man possesses' but in the abundance of things that possess the man."

Quoted in Mrs. Howard Taylor, Borden of Yale '09, pages 279-280.

O Christ, give us privileged Western Christians the victory over our environment of wealth!