Monday, January 5, 2009

The Cure

“…I must admit that I cannot fully care for one who is suffering without entering into his pain. The sick must be touched if they are to be healed. The weak must be nourished, the wounded embraced. Care is the bigger part of cure…(Jesus) does not allow us to withdraw to the theoretical or theological. He forces us to feed, to clothe, to give a cup of water – to touch the undesirable ones. His words and his life push us to the very place that will change us and fit us for kingdom use. It’s not about root causes, he tells his followers. It’s about revealing the wonder of a God who wants a personal call-me-by-name relationship with every single one of his children.”

Robert Lupton, Theirs is the Kingdom, p. 30