Without Absolutes the Future is Grim

imagesWith the death of absolutes, the prospects are grim for any lover of justice, freedom, and order. Western culture will lurch drunkenly between chaotic lawlessness and countering authoritarianism, in which some particularly abysmal vacuum of confidence could finally issue in a supreme dictatorship, mocking the Western aspirations for democracy as ineffective and demonstrating the strong alliance between technology and the state. Until then, violence — blood brother of such a totalitarianism — will play its fateful part, naked or disguised, in an inevitable power struggle on all levels.

–Os Guinness,
The Dust of Death

Only if you crucify him

In one of their periodic efforts to eradicate religious belief in the Soviet Union, the Communist party sent KGB agents to the nation’s churches on a Sunday morning. One agent was struck by the deep devotion of an elderly woman who was kissing the feet of a life-size carving of Christ on the cross.

“Grandmother,” he said. “Are you also prepared to kiss the feet of the beloved general secretary of our great Communist party?”

“Why, of course,” came the immediate reply. “But only if you crucify him first.”

–Os Guiness
No God But God