Friday, October 29, 2010

Looking at the Fruits

When a movement comes under investigation, observers are often told that we ought to look to the fruits.  

This morning, my husband pointed out that Paul's letter to the Galatians actually TELLS us what fruits we ought to be looking for:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Notice that, on this list, there is nothing about: Numbers of Vocations, Speed of Increase, Signs, Wonders, Visions, Fundraising, Conversions, Retreats Given, Books Published, Numbers of Followers, Healings, Buildings Dedicated, or Youth Groups Started.

Meanwhile, we also have the Fruits of the Flesh: Immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies...

When we look at the fruits of a new movement, an association of the faithful, or an apparition, perhaps we should use Galatians as our guide.

3 comments:

The Man Who Was Logician said...

Good point!

Anonymous said...

bitch

Paul Sampson said...

nicely said anonymous (dec. 3 2010)!!! She sure is one!