Two Worthy Reads
Over at Mere Commentary, the blog of Touchstone Magazine, S. M. Hutchens reminds Christians that they are not to waste the pearls of the Gospel on those whose ears will not hear, or whose eyes will not see, but to reserve them for those who have not yet heard the good news and who still are open to receive it:
One should not assume that the irrational hatred seen so much these days against Christians comes from an ignorance of God, but rather knowledge of him. Europe and North America are not new mission fields but more resemble burned-over districts to which Christ has been presented in nearly every way imaginable to people who in increasing numbers are turning against him. This does not mean there are not many to whom the good news in its purity still needs to be presented, for whom there is always a call to evangelistic work, but it would be a mistake to think that our culture has not been thoroughly evangelized, or that our main problem is ignorance of God rather than a rejected knowledge of him….
Be sure to go on over to Mere Commentary and read the whole piece; it’s just three paragraphs.
Then settle yourself in for a much longer, but very worthwhile read at the online version of Claremont Review of Books—a marvelous analysis of where we’ve gone wrong as a nation in the last 100 years, by Prof. Angelo Codevilla, who sometime back authored a widely-circulated article on “America’s ruling class”—a concept which he brings to fore again in his latest piece. Once more, a taste to whet your appetite (H/T: Christopher Johnson, of Midwest Conservative Journal):
Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic. In fact, the 2016 election is sealing the United States’s transition from that republic to some kind of empire.
Electing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump cannot change that trajectory….
Be sure to allot time enough to read the whole piece. [Note: the articles he links to in his first paragraph—and I have incorporated the links in the excerpt above—are informative, also.]
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