Act Like One

Eight century cross, Iona
Eight century cross, Iona

“How can you call yourself a Christian since you do not act like one? Do you actually consider that person to be a Christian:

– whose bread never fills the stomachs of the hungry,
– whose drink never quenches anyone’s thirst,
– whose table is unfamiliar to all,
– whose roof never affords protection either to the stranger or the pilgrim,
– whose clothes never cover the naked,
– who never comes to the aid of the poor
– who mocks and derides and never ceases to persecute the poor?

Let no one say that Christians are like this; let those who are like this not be called the children of God.” 

—Pelagius, approx. 380 AD.

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