Introducing a New Generation of Readers To The Moral Insight of E. Stanley Jones

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I highly recommend this book! KCW

Widely consided to be on par with Billy Grahmn
As the greatest global evangelists of the 20th century
E. Stanley Jones was also a social prophet on par with Walter Rauschenbusch
As one of the most influential social justice prophets of the 20th century.

What follows are simply some quotes from John E. Harnish’s about to be published devotional book filled with with both spiritual and justice insights from the extraordinary life and ministry of missionary E. Stanley Jones.

The American Dream of Equality:  p. xv-xvi–“’In this country the dream of equal opportunity; where privilege and property is widely distributed; the dream of place where class is abolished and where all persons are valued; a place where race and birth are transcended by the fact of common humanity; a place where our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone but as instruments of service to the rest of humanity.’  He believed this laudable possibility had yet to be fully realized and if democracy cannot be extended to all it will be held by none.  ‘Democracy cannot have invisible walls for some and expansive freedoms for others and call itself democracy,’ he wrote in 1944. ‘Our doctrine of individualism is wreaking havoc on American life….’ And when that happens our society is headed for disruption and frustrations.’”

Interfaith Respect: p. xviii-xix—”He was able to hold his uncompromising commitment to Jesus Christ side-by-side with an openness to other world religions….In India, he was able to engage Muslims, Hindus and sikhs as well as non-believers in open conversation and because they sensed his respect for them, they were willing to listen to him….the church needs to rediscover that balance between a clarity of faith and openness of heart.”

Women in the Church:  p. xx–“His wife, Mabel Lossing Jones, made an incredible impact in her own right [education in India].  In addition to his respect for her ministry, Jones clearly affirmed the role of women in his ministry and in the public sphere when he identified equality of women as one of the “great hesitations” of American democracy: ‘The hesitation to give full equality wo women,’ he writes, ‘has been long and agonizing.  Man will have to give complete equality to women or find the nemesis of history working out as it now seems to be working.  Let both men and women be themselves and make their distinct contribution and let women be true to her call and destiny.’ It was all a part of what it meant to live in the Kingdom of God.”

On Racism:  p. 10-11 “He thundered against segregationists, arguing that their resistance was hurting the cause of Christ and democracy,,,,Jones referred to racism as ‘spiritual treason against God….  The problem is the false belief in the racial superiority of white people.’” 

P. 22—Jones Prays:
O God, who has made of one blood all persons everywhere and hast bound us at Thy feet in   brotherhood, help us to get rid of everything that makes for separation between persons of whatever race or color.  For all are equal in Thy sight.  Today I shall see in every person of every race, not a problem but a possibility.  Amen.

Chapter 7, “The Most Explosive Word in Our Natins’s History”:  “All.”  We have trouble with the word, ‘all’.  We cannot let it go, and we cannot go to it.  It will not let us rest until we say the word ‘all’ [people] with cmplete abandon and with no reservations.  The history of that word ‘all’ is the history of the progress of America, and our future progress depends upon what we do with it.”

p. 36—Tell me, what part of ‘all’ don’t we understand?  All means all, regareless of race or place of birth.  All means all, regaredless of gender or sexual orientation.  All means all, in that we believe all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”  Until we are able to say “all”…with no reservations , we will never fulfill the Patriot’s dream that sees beyond the years.

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