DayBreaks for 01/10/13 – The Border Between Good and Evil
I’m one of the lucky ones with heart trouble. I can still have salt! My blood pressure is just fine, thank you, and so I’m not on a restricted diet in THAT sense. (I must say, however, I’d give up the salt for a few steaks now and then!) I love salt as a seasoning. It just seems to make food taste MUCH better.
In his book, C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium, Peter Kreeft had an interesting insight about us “traditionalists” when he wrote: “…I want to interject a word of caution to my fellow traditionalists. It is the fear that traditionalists run the same kind of risk in idealizing the past as both neo-conservatives and liberals (what strange bedfellows!) run in looking benignly at the present and the future. Looking back is a posture that has been known to be very dangerous to one’s health, especially if one is on a salt-free diet: remember Lot’s wife.
“So let us look to the future. Is it not time to be optimistic now that the Iron Curtain has fallen with an iron thud? To answer this question, let us ask two other questions, one about us and one about ‘them’.
“The one about us: Were we more moved by the fear of God or the fear of Gorbachev? Were we wrestling against principalities and powers in the Kremlin or in Hell? Do we understand Solzhenitsyn’s line about the border between good and evil running not between nations but down the middle of our own souls?
“And the question about ‘them’ is: What kind of freedom was uppermost in the minds of most of the masses who poured through the newly opened Berlin Wall? Was it spiritual freedom, or even intellectual freedom? Did they, like the wise men from the East of old, come West seeking Christ? Or condoms? Did they pour into churches? Or porno shops? What excited them about the West? Did they buy bibles or toilet paper? What freedom was legislated in Romania as soon as it had killed its dictator, who was guilty of enormous crimes? It was the freedom to kill those who are guilty of no crime at all except being in the way of someone who was bigger and already born.
“So let us look to the real battle, not to the fake one. Now that that silly little temporary distraction called Communism is dead…we can get back to the battle that should have been bothering traditionalists all along…namely, the Western barbarianism within.”
Ouch. I must confess that I probably worry more about Afghanistan and Iraq and the physical fates of my children and grandchildren than I do about the souls of the lost. And that says a lot about me. Kreeft’s message is a strong one, but one we all need to hear and think about. The battle began millennia ago. Now it is our turn to serve in the Lord’s army. Will we heed his call to take up arms?
Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Feed the fire in our souls so we are more passionate about the lost! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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