Saturday, October 31, 2009

Going Without or Giving

Recently I listened to a sermon online that indicated that "going without" was a Christian virtue. Jesus often calls us to go without worldly pleasures, but this is simply so that we may have more joy in God. I do not think that "going without" is a Christian virtue unless this "going without" causes us to enjoy God more fully or enables others to not go without.

In contrast to "going without" giving is a Christian virtue. Giving does not necessarily mean denying ourselves of worldly pleasure; although it can. Instead giving is beautiful because it insures that others do not have to go without pleasure, be that material pleasure or pleasure in God.
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