Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Jesus Christ, or the nothingness of "choice" as an ultimate value?...Jesus Christ, hands down.

Our friends over at Pontifications have posted today a quote from David Hart on modern nihilism: In Nothingness do we trust.
I recommend that you read the quote for yourselves, but I also wish to express an additional thought:

In the midst of this--as Pope Benedict has called it--"dictatorship of reletivism," each one of us must make anew our choice for Christ, each day, and with boldness--clinging to him with all the strength within us. We cannot divide our treasure between the Lord and the world. We cannot live with one foot in the Kingdom and the other in Babylon.
The Lord has made this clear to us: We must separate ourselves from the world which has the devil for its prince. We must separate ourselves from it even as we live in it, by continually choosing God and his ways, and refusing to be held back by guilt over our failures, however repeatedly we make them.
I am convinced that will be of little or no real help to the world if we do not do this. Jesus is our model of it. We can know him through daily prayerful reading of the Gospels.

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

2 comments:

Thomas said...

a good post - I agree that the undercurrent of nihilism is one of the most dangerous trends in the secular world today, even more haunting is the comment issued by justice kennedy of the supreme court in 2003:

"At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life."

... this is what we're up against.

Anyway, continue to post boldly! I think it was GK Chesterton who said "if something is worth doing, it is worth doing poorly." And hey, any practice at getting your thoughts on paper is good. :)

Mark John said...

"It is worth doing poorly."--That is what keeps me doing it, for what if the Lord wants to help someone through my own poor efforts? Thank you, Thom, for the encouragement.