Monday, March 9, 2009

"Better if their mothers had aborted them"

Yesterday morning I was reading from John Calvin's Sermons on the Book of Micah. During the course of his sermon on 2:4-5, he stops to make "several points." Below are two of them that caught my attention. They may or may not catch yours.

"Third, although the world's rich hunger to be honored, and countless people applaud them, and even revere them as gods, we must not be astonished. Why? Because our Lord will change all their honors into shame and will show them how truly they abused God's gifts. Indeed, it would have been better if their mothers had aborted them, than that they should have become so ungrateful concerning God's blessings, which they rejected when God set his gift before them.

"Above all else, we must prize this singular grace that God has given us: to be able to live in a place where we are free to worship in his Church. That, I repeat, we ought to prize above all the world's highest goods."

--preached in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov 25, 1550

1 comment:

dean said...

His third point seems like an odd comparison, perhaps like Jesus saying we should hate our father and mother if we are to follow him.
It does seem odd that the Lord's gifts can be seen as abused if indeed that was the attitude and path they were created to follow.
Doesn't that create a god who is somewhat childish?