DayBreaks for 01/09/13 – A Brave New World
I am out of the office for a couple days. This is from the DayBreaks archive:
Growing up, there were two key books that it seems every teenager had to read as part of their high school years. Those books were Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. I’m happy to say that the year 1984 has come and gone, and while there are some things about it that have come true, most has not. The same, however, could not be said for Brave New World. Huxley looks more like a prophet each passing year: “We’re all familiar with the statistics on violent crime, rape, child abuse, drugs, and similar American leisure activities. We know that half of all marriages commit suicide, i.e., divorce. We can read headlines well enough to be largely cynical about financiers and politicians. Surveys tell us this is the first generation in American history whose children are less well educated than their parents. They tell us that if teenagers don’t have sex, they must be ugly, isolated, or Fundamentalists. Half of all urban teenagers get pregnant, and half of them have abortions. One out of every three babies conceived is killed. A brave new world indeed.” – Peter Kreeft, C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
It is not a pretty picture that Mr. Kreeft paints, but nonetheless, I believe it is an accurate one. The problem is that we’ve all tended to bury our heads in the sand like ostriches so that we can pretend we can’t see the ugliness in our culture. But it is there. Sadly, when we pull our heads out of the sand, our first reaction is to stick them back down the hole again and pretend we didn’t seen any of it. It allows us to stay “guilt-free” if we think we have deniability.
1 Cor. 6:9-11 – “9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Jude 18-21 – “18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Don’t be deceived. What was wrong from the beginning is still wrong. What is right is still right. The world hasn’t changed. It’s stayed as sinful and ugly as ever. Neither has our job changed – to be change agents in a world of darkness. It’s about time we get busy with our job.
Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Jesus, don’t let us ever lose sight of truth and the need to stand for truth and what is right! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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