Christians and Possessions

Christians can, therefore, adopt and recommend no single attitude towards possessions. When they attempt to understand their lives with the world of biblical narrative, they are caught in the double movement of enjoyment and renunciation. Neither half of the movement, taken by itself, is the Christian way of life. Trust is the Christian way of life. In order to trust, renunciation is necessary, lest we immerse ourselves entirely in the things we possess, trying to grasp and keep what we need to be secure. In order to trust, enjoyment is necessary lest renunciation become a principled rejection of the creation through which God draws our hearts to himself.

– Gilbert Meilaender, “To Throw Oneself into the Wave: The Problem of Possessions”


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