Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Today’s Gleaning 12/1/09

A friend and I commiserated today about the inordinate interest and passion that so many of our Christian friends devote to things political. He and I agreed that a person has but so much attention to spend, and if politics are taking up a disproportionate share, this is likely a sign that faith is being placed in solutions sought in that realm. He brought up the observation by Francis Schaeffer that one our most tempting idols is the God of personal peace and affluence. Could our infatuation with politics be a symptom of this particular idol’s sway?


Justin Taylor quotes J. I. Packer  in World Magazine pointing out that I spend too much time on the internet:

“I’m amazed at the amount of time people spend on the internet. I’m not against technology, but all tools should be used to their best advantage. We should be spending our time on things that have staying power, instead of on the latest thought of the latest blogger—and then moving on quickly to the next blogger. That makes us more superficial, not more thoughtful.”


So now, doesn’t it make sense that I would commend an article about politics that I read on the internets? I couldn’t resist, though, because this essay by John Mark Reynolds (concluding a series on Sarah Palin’s new book) helpfully and excellently describes what we ought to look for in a president.

1 comment:

Boyd said...

Packer is right! Well said.