Setting aside the scandal caused by His Messianic claims and His reputation as a political firebrand, only two accusations of personal depravity seem to have been brought against Jesus of Nazareth. First, that He was a Sabbath-breaker. Secondly, that He was “a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners” — or (to draw aside the veil of Elizabethan English that makes it sound so much more respectable) that He ate too heartily, drank too freely, and kept very disreputable company, including grafters of the lowest type and ladies who were no better than they should be.
Dorothy Leigh Sayers,
A century ago, your window to the world was in fact the front window of your house. You paid attention to threats that were local. You could read the paper and note the threats that were far away, but they had little impact on your daily assessments. Fifty years ago, your window to the world was the television. With visuals and the humanizing effect of in-person interviews, distant threats became more real and pertinent to Gut. Today, what you see on television has become your local community, with all of the rapes, murders and abductions from around the world neatly organized and queued up for your consumption. When a sweet little girl 1400 km away goes missing, Gut tells you that all little children in your immediate community are at risk. The truth, of course, is quite different.
Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear
God is not merely mending, not simply restoring a status quo. Redeemed humanity is to be something more glorious than unfallen humanity.
C. S. Lewis,
Perfect love may cast out fear, but fear is remarkably potent in casting out love.
P. D. James,
Time to Be in Earnest
I want to be an evangelical around the Commission for Equality and Human Rights…but I don’t want to be a nutty evangelical who believes that only a moral agenda is important. I do not want to be a placard-waving evangelical who believes that you are only being prophetic if you are getting up everybody’s nose, or the sort that writes to me to ask why I haven’t condemned somebody. I want to be an evangelical who brings light and life, and who pursues a passion to be good news. I want to be an evangelical who upholds the uniqueness of Christ. And if I have to say something negative, I say it on my knees and I say it with sorrow and compassion, and I don’t glory in the idea that prophetic evangelicalism is measured by the extent to which we are seen to be obnoxious in the public square.
Joel Edwards, Leader of the United Kingdom Evangelical Alliance