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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Back to the Future

It seems like a good time to be reminded of this observation by C.S. Lewis regarding chronological snobbery:
We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic. When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start over again, the faster I shall get on. There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.

(From Mere Christianity, 1943)

1 comment:

Sharon said...

That's a great quote. Our sermon today was on 2 Tim 1:13-18 and our minister was especially talking about making sure our foundational doctrinal beliefs did not waver but were guarded from religious fads. I am so proud of my minister for standing up and preaching this sermon, because while our congregation is very Biblically based, our denomination as a whole is very liberal. So it was a powerful, confronting sermon.

~ Sharon

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