Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Guinness: the pendulum of the future

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
    —Psalm 146:3-4 (NIV)
    With the death of absolutes, the prospects are grim for any lover of justice, freedom, and order. Western culture will lurch drunkenly between chaotic lawlessness and countering authoritarianism, in which some particularly abysmal vacuum of confidence could finally issue in a supreme dictatorship, mocking the Western aspirations for democracy as ineffective and demonstrating the strong alliance between technology and the state. Until then, violence, blood brother of such a totalitarianism, will play its fateful part, naked or disguised, in an inevitable power struggle on all levels.
    ... Os Guinness (b. 1941), The Dust of Death, Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973, p. 160 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we long for Your reign on earth.
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