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God’s people have never been called to stick their heads in the sand. “Church” and “apathy” do not belong in the same sentence. Our Methodist ancestors understood this. They fought to end slavery. They championed temperance. They worked to improve prison conditions. They built clinics, schools and orphanages. They helped abolish child labor. John Wesley lived so simply and frugally that at the end of his life, he was giving over 98% of his income to the poor. Even past the age of 80, he spent five consecutive days in the middle of winter walking the streets of London, raising money “to clothe them that needed it the most.” After Wesley’s funeral, at his request, the draperies used in the service were taken down, sewn into dresses, and distributed to needy women in London.

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