Redeeming Culture and Society

Marc Baer

READ : Hebrews 13:1-3

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (v. 3 NIV)

After coming to Christ, Hannah More’s writing shifted to social, cultural, and political commentary. She told the rich that they were ultimately responsible for the conduct of those who imitated them. She charged nominal Christians with negligence for disengaging moral behavior from belief. She reminded those who preached revolution that good order produced true respect for the less well off. More was also the first female involved in the leadership of the organized opposition to the slave trade.

She thought globally but acted locally. By the time she died More and her sisters founded, supported, and administered 16 Sunday schools that taught thousands of poor children to read. Hannah More also taught villagers how to run community projects, addressed the needs of the elderly in almshouses, and initiated and endowed a series of female benefit clubs, encouraging women to become financially self-reliant.

Her writings and activities held out the goal of a Christian society based on face-to-face relationships between rich and poor. She let the poor know the well-to-do had faults and made the rich understand that the lower classes had virtues. And when she died she left her wealth to the charities she had spent most of her life living for.

PRAYER

Lord, encourage me not to abandon my culture for my own tranquility.