Simplicity part 5 — a Quaker perspective

Michael's 'Deep Thoughts'

In the Quaker understanding of Christianity, Simplicity is a response to both the Quaker understanding of God and the Quaker understanding of humanity. Friends believe that God still works in the world, and still touches the individual. Friends take the idea of vocation very seriously. Friends also believe that every human being is the express image of God. When we approach life, we need to see something of God in everybody that we meet. Seeing God’s image in others should affect the way we think, speak and live.

If we believe that God is active in the world, and that all people are subject to God’s calling, then people must live in a way that allows openness to God’s call in life. Simplicity is not only about living in obedience when God’s call is heard, but living in expectation so that obedience becomes possible. Simplicity takes away competing entanglements, allowing…

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