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Into this Very Darkness

Pondering the current national security debate — any moral sensibility beyond utilitarian self-interest is hard to spot. If the prophets have taught us anything, it is that armies, weapons, and foreign alliances cannot compensate for expelling God. We still have “in God we trust” on our money only because the courts have accepted the defense that it is a “theological affirmation devoid of content.” Indeed. We are not self-securing beings. God controls the pre-conditions that make possible profitable labor. Apart from his blessing, we labor under a futility curse. Heedlessness cannot defeat lawlessness — it turns us into something not worth defending and stores up judgment for ourselves and our posterity. The chaos that results from disregarding the first commandment…

Not Good on My Own

This Brennan Manning quote has become a common claim: “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Never mind that he was living a double life himself of an alcoholic when he said this, giving his popular lectures and getting drunk, until it ruined his marriage and killed him – it is false on its own. It implies that if Christians were just more Christlike, the world would embrace the Church. That would mean being better than Jesus who told his relatives “the world cannot hate you” because you are indistinguishable…