Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Muggeridge: the short road to revival

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
    —1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (NIV)
    The early Christians... enjoyed the inestimable advantage of believing that the millennium was near, which precluded them from seeking to establish a beneficent regime in this world. In the time at their disposal, it was just not worth while. Perhaps the best hope of reviving the Christian religion would be to convince the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other dignitaries likewise that the world will shortly be coming to an end. A difficult undertaking, I fear, notwithstanding much evidence pointing that way.
    ... Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), The Green Stick, London: Collins, 1972, p. 43 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Ps. 39:6; 73:25; Isa. 40:6-8; 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 John 2:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach us to value that which is permanent.
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