Ground 19. I find such instability in my heart and ways, such unequal steps between the Lord and my idols, that I fear my whole heart is not come to the Lord; I am not his only. Oh the one heart, the united heart, the conjugal heart! But, alas! mine is parted between the Lord and idols; and I sometimes delight in the Lord, and sometimes in my idols and worldly contentment, they served the Lord, and they served their idols. (2 Kings 17:33)
I answer: (1.) No man ever closed so fully with Christ, or had such a conjugal love, but had some inclinations to idols, by reason of the unregenerate part. Our union of faith and love is imperfect, as well as any other grace;the unregenerate carnal part cries still for, and would be at, its lovers. In heaven, our affections shall be wholly for the Lord.
In the age of the “enlightenment” of the 18th century, deep atheistic thinkers crawled into the corners of people’s minds with their materialist agendas, claiming physical science had an explanation for all we know in this world. The “rational” supplanted the “traditional” and the “material supplanted the supernatural.” People in the West began to reject claims of spiritual experiences and supernational causation, stabbing holes in the traditional and religious fabric that had shielded our societies against dark and intellectually irresponsible notions for centuries.
It was a time where challenging religion became somewhat fashionable in elite intellectual circles. Atheists, Marxists, and postmodernists came rallying with their bull horns out of the cracks in our Christian foundations, lambasting God, rejecting order, and claiming our world is a lucky product of chaotic and undesigned processes. They denied that we have any objective moral values or duties, such as the values of life…
The following two videos contain the only surviving audio of C. S. Lewis, as such, they are a priceless treasure. The third video is the first installment of a Bible study on the book Mere Christianity, which is a compilation in writing of Lewis’ radio addresses during World War Two. If you would like to purchase the full DVD Bible study, you can find it here:
“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion… Nor is it enough that he should hear the opinions of adversaries from his own teachers, presented as they state them, and accompanied by what they offer as refutations. He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them…he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.” ― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
“In Chapter 77, you had people of totally different worldviews and ideas joined together,” says Patrik. “You had, for example, democratic socialists on the one side and fervent Catholics on the other side. It was totally normal for me that as a small child, I was being raised in a community of people with very different opinions. So it shattered the bubble around me.”
The lesson of valuing diversity within a broader unity of shared goals is something that Christians today need to embrace.
“When we look at what’s happening in America today, we see that you are building walls and creating gaps between people,” he says. “For us, we are always willing to speak, to talk with the other side to avoid building walls between people. You know, it is much easier to indoctrinate someone who is enclosed within a set of walls.” ― Rod Dreher, Live Not By Lies
This is the first episode of Elizabeth Johnston’s new podcast! The link to her website where you can sign up for her posts is above, and the video is below. If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching and signing up!
I’ve been reading The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz, and I’m amazed at the cruelty displayed by the Nazis towards the Jewish people. Part of me asks, how can such inhumanity be possible? But then I remember that there was massive propaganda demonizing the Jews in the eyes of the German people. It makes me think of what is going on in America today, the media is demonizing Christians. It starts small, and then it grows, and unless you are a Christian with God’s moral standard to guide you, you will fall for it.
The brutal Nazis were not exceptionally evil people, they were people just like you and me. As socialism and communism threaten to take over America, what will we find ourselves doing to each other in the future?
This is a brief excerpt from Rod Dreher’s blog post Ketman And The Left’s Problem, if you have a moment to read the full post, I’d love to get your thoughts on this in the comments:
If people come to believe that to tell the truth to a pollster, or to anybody in authority over them, could put them in danger, they are going to lie. They are going to practice what Czeslaw Milosz called ketman. I explain it in my book Live Not By Lies:
Ketman is the strategy that everyone in our society who isn’t a true believer in “social justice” and identity politics has to adopt to stay out of trouble. On Sunday, I heard about a professor in a large state university in a state that yesterday went for Trump, who is filled with constant anxiety. He believes that his interactions with colleagues and students are filled with the potential to destroy his career. Why? Because all it takes is an accusation of racism, sexism, or some other form of bigotry to wreck a lifetime of work. This is the world that the identity politics left has created for us.