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September 26, 2005

Contrasting Views

Here's an editorial in last week's Crimson White, the student newspaper at the University of Alabama, my alma mater and current school. The piece was written by a Christian.

Here's a response in today's paper written by someone who is not a believer.

Discuss among yourselves.

Posted by Matt at September 26, 2005 05:31 PM

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Huh. I wonder what put the bee in her bonnet. I would enthusiastically agree with her that serving people DOES feel good and it's part of the joy that the Lord graciously works into us and His creation. I guess I'm too influenced by Edwards and Piper...I love the idea that glorifying God and loving His images produces joy in me.

She may accurately describe one segment of the population but she doesn't describe other segments. I've seen with my own eyes people leaving their jobs and families to give their presence and time to evacuees. I've seen gifts of treasure that meant a least a degree of sacrifice by suburbanites for the evacuees. She's not accounting well for those who are serving.

Posted by: Glenn at September 26, 2005 08:18 PM

The writer of the response puts it rather simplistically and crudely, but I suspect she has not observed much from Christians in response to trauma and tragedy on a smaller scale than the hurricanes. I would tell her, though, that Christians do come forward and minister to those who are hurting, wherever they are; they do it quietly and without fanfare or media cameras, but it is definitely done. Every day. Just like the members of a tiny church a few streets away from me took care of a nearby family that lost everything, including a child, in a house fire. Just because it's not in the headlines doesn't mean it isn't happening.

Posted by: Mo (GrannyTiger) at September 26, 2005 09:26 PM