Sermon quotes on betrayal

Wendell Berry

Our destruction of nature is not just bad stewardship, or stupid economics, or a betrayal of family responsibility; it is the most horrid blasphemy. It is flinging God’s gifts into His face, as if they were of no worth beyond that assigned to them by our destruction of them.

Albert Camus

I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.

David McCullough

History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That’s why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.

Martin Luther

Each betrayal begins with trust. 

Martin Luther

All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself

Ursula K. Le Guin

If your voice is heard by more people because you’ve earned some kind of name and fame, your silence on an issue of urgent moral importance is even more of a betrayal. Privilege is obligation.

Cormac McCarthy

Long before morning I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I’d always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it is always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals come easily.

Desmond Tutu

Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone’s back.


Gregory Boyle

Part of the spirit dies a little each time it’s asked to carry more than its weight in terror, violence, and betrayal.

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Free Press, 2010, p.44.

Barbara Brown Taylor

When Jesus holds up the cup and offers what is in it as the fluid of forgiveness, he is not talking to people with a short list of minor sins. He is talking to people who will turn him in, who will scatter to the four winds at the first sign of trouble, and who will swear they never knew him. He is talking to people who should have been his best friends on earth who turn out not to have a loyal bone in their bodies, and he is forgiving them ahead of time, as surely as if he had said, “I know who you are. I know you will not be innocent of the blood of this cup, but I will not let that come between us. . . . Let my life become your life, through the blood of this covenant.”

Gospel Medicine, Blood Covenant, p. 63.

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