Age of Accountability

Y G K. Chesterton3“The wild worship of lawlessness and the materialist worship of law end in the same void. Nietzsche scales staggering mountains, but he turns up ultimately in Tibet. He sits down beside Tolstoy in the land of nothing and Nirvana. They are both helpless—one because he must not grasp anything, and the other because he must not let go of anything. The Tolstoyan’s will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil. But the Nietzscheite’s will is quite equally frozen by his view that all special actions are good; for if all special actions are good, none of them are special. They stand at the crossroads, and one hates all the roads and the other likes all the roads. The result is—well, some things are not hard to calculate. They stand at the cross-roads.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

In Catch-22 Joseph Heller wrote “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you“.  We chuckle at that with nervous laughter because we live in an age of ironic self-delusion.  There has never been a time when more information and knowledge has been instantly available to the common man, yet never has wisdom been more absent from our lives.  We prefer shades of grey to black and white because it easier to hide in shadows.

More than anything else, Christianity is about accountability.   Resolution is always accompanied by reckoning.


Galatians 6:7-8

Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.


2 thoughts on “Age of Accountability

  1. Either you read a heck of a lot, or you have taken a lot of notes on every book you ever read, or you google a lot. Where do you find all these wonderful passages and quotes? Are they part of your studying/seminary? And I rarely go after someone to edit their book, but if you have a book in you, I want to edit it. I find it ironic that – so much information is available in our lives, but when we walk into the breakroom or the classroom, most of the robots are staring at their devices. Sad, it just makes me sad. I prefer to walk in and say “Good morning!” but all my classmates just stare at me. Sad.


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