Jerry Bridges, The Disciplines of Grace
Conservative, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
—Ambrose Bierce, 1906
"Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world."C.S. Lewis (via suspiciouswallflower)
Keep politics in its place as the affairs of man which God rules over, not as the affairs of God which man rules over. Lewis has some wise words:
"Whichever he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. The let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him onto the stage at which the religion becomes merely a part of the ‘cause’, in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favour of the British war-effort or of Pacifism. The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience. Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours — and the more ‘religious’ (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here." — C.S. Lewis, from The Screwtape Letters
(From Sad Hill News)
"In our time the blasphemies are threadbare. Pessimism is now patently, as it always was essentially, more commonplace than piety. Profanity is now more than an affectation — it is a convention. The curse against God is Exercise I in the primer of minor poetry."
G.K. Chesterton in The Defendant
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"Properly speaking, of course, there is no such thing as a return to nature, because there is no such thing as a departure from it. The phrase reminds one of the slightly intoxicated gentleman who gets up in his own dining room and declares firmly that he must be getting home."G.K. Chesterton, quoted in the Chesterton Review, August 1993 (via gkchestertonquote)
"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."G.K. Chesterton in the Cleveland Press, 3/1/1921 (via gkchestertonquote)
"It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it."G.K. Chesterton in the Illustrated London News, June 9, 1906 (via gkchestertonquote)
"Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude—an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God."A.W. Pink