Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Torrent of Change?

According to Wikepedia, Gilbert Keith Chesterton [29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936] was one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century. He is well known for his reasoned apologetics and even those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Listen to his take on conservatism in the church:

"Conservatism is based on the idea that if you leave things alone, you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone, you leave it to a torrent of changes. If you leave a white post alone, it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white, you must be always painting it again. Briefly, if you want the old white post, you must have a new white post."

I was reminded of that quote when I saw this vid recently describing the incredible torrent of change surrounding all of us. Perhaps you can use this quote or vid to suggest to someone else that whether you're Christian or not, change is not an option. The question is not if, but how. And when.

1 comment:

Lucy =] said...

Wow! This sure offers some practical clarity to the Biblical phrase: "... and knowledge shall be increased..."

My answer to "What does this all mean?" Well, in the context of that Scripture phrase above, I'd say it's a pretty obvious indication of our times according to prophetic clues. (I realize some may not like references to prophecy themes, for various reasons. But for others, it's nice to be able to "check" something off that list Jesus offered.)