Thursday, April 10, 2008

Supporting or competing?

"Set your mind on God's kingdom and his justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well." Matthew 6:33

"We need to take careful note here . . . that Jesus in no way suggests that these 'all the rest' items are inherently evil, that our lives would be more Christian and our commitment to God truer if we would eliminate as many of them as possible. Not at all; these things are to 'come to you as well,' and it is right and good that they do. The simple life is not to be equated with the least possible consumption of worldly goods and satisfactions. No, the point is that these things can be good -- very good -- if they are used to support man's relationship to God rather than to compete with it."

Vernard Eller, The Simple Life, pages 28-29.