People today are afraid to be alone. This fear is a dominant mark of our society. Many now ceaselessly sit in the cinema or read novels about other people’s lives or watch dramas. Why? Simply to avoid having to face their own existence… .
No one seems to want (and no one can find) a place of quiet — because, when you are quiet, you have to face reality. But many in the present generation dare not do this because on their own basis reality leads them to meaninglessness; so they fill their lives with entertainment, even if it is only noise… .
The Christian is supposed to be very opposite: There is a place for proper entertainment, but we are not to be caught up in ceaseless motion which prevents us from ever being quiet. Rather we are to put everything second so we can be alive to the voice of God and allow it to speak to us and confront us.— Francis Schaeffer, “Walking through the mud,” in No Little People (Downers Grove, 1974), pages 86-87 [via]
priest at St. Mary’s (paraphrase)
And it’s a prideful forgetfulness. We want to think we’re in charge of our own destinies, and that we don’t owe anyone anything.
R.C. Sproul, from his talk at T4G ‘06
Of all the Christian doctrines, this is the one that demonstrates itself to me most from what I see in the world around me. People are certainly capable of acts of selflessness and enlightenment, but I see that all people are also capable, in certain situations, of selfishness and evil. Being in God’s nature, our original light still shines through, but we have all been marred, dirtied, broken. We need Him to fix us, but before that, we need Christ’s own righteousness imparted to us to make us worthy of even stepping before His throne to be fixed.
Oh, God, make me like this.
This is one of my favorite verses! At least, in terms of being helpful in shaping my attitude and thought-life.
Jesus isn’t about DOs and DON’Ts as much as SHOULDs and SHOULDN’Ts. Sure, I can go to a violent movie, but is it pure? Lovely? Admirable? Shouldn’t I rather be spending my time absorbing things which are excellent and praiseworthy?
yes! “i will set no worthless thing before my eyes…”