the heavenly minded who did (in fact) some earthly good

February 8, 2008

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In commemoration of Black History Month …

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were those who thought most of the next.  The apostles themselves, who set out on foot to convert the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.  Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in.”  Aim at earth and you with get neither.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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