Friday, August 02, 2019

Brogan: the godless establishment

Friday, August 2, 2019
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the LORD.
    —Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)
    [In nineteenth-century America] religion became a matter of conduct, of good deeds, of works, with only a vague background of faith. It became highly functional, highly pragmatic; it became a guarantee of success, moral and material... “The proper study of mankind is man,” [Alexander Pope (1688-1744), An Essay on Man] was the evasion by which many American divines escaped the necessity for thought about God.
    ... Denis Brogan (1900-1974), The American Character, New York: A. A. Knopf, 1944, p. 102 (see the book)
    See also Lam. 3:25-26; Ps. 1:1-3; 104:34; 119:11,15,97-99; Josh. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have caused me to hunger for knowledge of You.
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