Monday, September 25, 2006

CQOD: 09/23/06 -- Chesterton: inner vs. outer light

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 23, 2006
    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    -- Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)

    That Jones shall worship the “god within him” turns out ultimately to mean that Jones shall worship Jones. Let Jones worship the sun or moon—anything rather than the Inner Light; let Jones worship cats or crocodiles, if he can find any in his street, but not the god within. Christianity came into the world firstly in order to assert with violence that a man had not only to look inwards, but to look outwards, to behold with astonishment and enthusiasm a divine company and a divine captain. The only fun of being a Christian was that a man was not left alone with the Inner Light, but definitely recognized an outer light, fair as the sun, clear as the moon, terrible as an army with banners.
    ... G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), Orthodoxy [1909]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my inner light is all darkness. I thank you and praise You for bringing light to me.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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