This quote from T.S. Eliot popped up in my Facebook news feed today:
The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide.
I found myself wondering why people would want to live in a civilized society without God? I guess it’s for the same reason that so many people turn to spirituality without religion. People want the benefits that Christianity promises: Civilized life and/or a spiritual connection, but they don’t want to surrender.
I suppose I understand the fear. Even after all these years of being a Christian, I still find it really terrifying to ask a question like: “God, what are you calling me to?” You would think I’d learn!!!
But the truth of the matter is that God asks for very little compared to how much we are given, and for the most part, I’ve found joy in journeying this life with Jesus as my guide. God has guided me along some unexpected paths, but they’ve all suited me fine. There are still sins that I haven’t overcome and there are many things I’ve left undone and I could trust God more fully and there are parts of the faith that I don’t completely understand, and you know what, it’s all ok. God isn’t finished with me.
As I was pondering these thoughts, the song “Good Good Father” came on the radio. The song begins with these words: “I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like/But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night/And you tell me that you’re pleased/And that I’m never alone/You’re a good good father.”
I’ve heard these tender whispers, too. I wish everyone could taste and see how good God is!!!