Thursday, January 03, 2019

Schaeffer: absurdity and desperation

Thursday, January 3, 2019
    Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970
    Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
    —Romans 6:16 (NIV)
    [Leaders of the anarchist movement in Amsterdam] call their public demonstrations “Happenings.” These paintings, these poems, and these demonstrations... are the expression of men who are struggling with their appalling lostness. Dare we laugh at such things? Dare we feel superior when we view their tortured expressions in their art? Christians should stop laughing and take such men seriously. Then we shall have the right to speak again to our generation. These men are dying while they live, yet where is our compassion for them? There is nothing more ugly than an orthodoxy without understanding or without compassion.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There [1968], in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 34 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 6:16; Isa. 1:18; Matt. 10:18-20; Luke 21:14-15; Col. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; 1 Pet. 3:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, show Your church how to speak to this generation.
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