Chapter Three: In Search of a Christian

“As Mother Teresa would say (telling the old story about throwing starfish back into the ocean even through they continue to line the beach in thousands). ’We are called not to be successful but to be faithful.’ That sounds good, but it was the beginning of my years of struggling with the tension between efficiency and faithfulness.” (p 69) How do we measure our ministries? By how successful they are or how faithful?

“I knew that I had not just looked into the eyes of some pitiful leper in Calcutta but that I had gazed into the eyes of Jesus, and that he had not just seen some rich, do-gooder white kid from America but that he had seen the image of God in me. That is nuts. What would the world look like if we truly believed, as the apostle Paul figured out, that we no longer live, but only Jesus lives in us (Gal 2:20)” (p 74) What would that world look like, do you think?

“Mother Teresa always said, ‘Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.’ I was ready to come home. I knew that my Calcutta was the United States, for I knew that we could not end poverty until we took a careful look at wealth.” (p 79) How does your congregation address wealth inequality?