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Our open road

The videotape of history seems stuck on fast rewind—as our post-Christian era comes to resemble the pre-Christian era: Material affluence amid moral decadance.… In a time of despondency and despair over the hubristic follies of our own republic, Christ’s road remains open.

We had the truth, we can find it again.

Patrick Buchanan in the Washington Times (April 11, 1993)

Alone isn’t enough

One can acquire everything in solitude—except character.

Stendhal in Fragments, I

The God of enthusiasm

God dwells in a state of perpetual enthusiasm. He is delighted with all that is good and lovingly concerned about all that is wrong. He pursues His labors always in a fullness of holy zeal. No wonder the Spirit came at Pentecost as a sound of a rushing mighty wind and sat in tongues of fire on every forehead.…

Whatever else happened at Pentecost, one thing that cannot be missed by the most casual observer was the sudden upsurging of moral enthusiasm. Those first disciples burned with a steady, inward fire. They were enthusiastic to the point of complete abandon.

A. W. Tozer in Of God and Men

A vacuum doesn’t just happen

The expression “moral vacuum” has been tossed around in the media as an attempt to describe the apparent refusal of some sections of society to recognize, let alone live by, basic moral standards.… The phrase is apt, but means more than the absence of morality. The whole point about a vacuum is that it does not just happen, for nature, as we all know, “abhors a vacuum.” Vacuums have to be created. You get a vacuum when you deliberately suck out the air inside an object. It has to be pumped out and sealed out. Western culture for the past 200 years has been systematically and deliberately ...

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