Some Quaker questions for our times
Quaker queries invite us to test our beliefs against the ways we live our lives. This particular set of questions was about money, wealth and poverty. How at odds the questions are with those pushed to the fore by “The American Dream” and our acquisitive culture.
Are we mindful, careful, and Spirit-led in our relationship to wealth and resources?
Is our use of wealth consistent with Friends’ testimonies of integrity, equality, social order, peace, right sharing of resources, and care for the earth?
If we have resources, do we share them generously, with humility and care for others? Do we give with grace? Do we give wisely?
If we do not have resources, do we accept with grace what others share? In times of our lives when we choose poverty, are we able to do so without envy or obsession?
Do we take care not to judge others, or ourselves, by the world’s criteria of wealth and status? How do we answer that of God in those who have less than we do? In those who have more than we do?
Do we keep to moderation and simplicity in our daily lives?
How do our choices around money, time, and energy reflect the working of the Spirit in our lives and in the world?
Are we clear, as a community and as individuals, that we are stewards and not owners of the property and resources in our care?