Statism, narcissism, transgenderism, and ageism…

Postman, writing in 1999, reflects back on the twentieth century (his book is a treatise on looking to the past to improve the future):

“Is it not obvious that our century has been an almost unrelieved horror? Who would have thought, in 1900—the year, by the way, of Nietzsche’s death and the publication of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams—that the twentieth century would feature continuous mass murder, far exceeding anything humanity had witnessed in the previous two millennia? Who would have thought that the three great transcendent narratives of this century would be fascism, nazism, and communism? Who would have thought weapons would be invented that, in a flash, could end all human life? Who would have thought that the theme of this century would be ‘Technology Über Alles’? I am sorry to say it, but I don’t think we will get much help from our own century. As you can tell, I speak as an enemy of this century. But even if you are not, you must admit it is hard to be its friend” (Postman, Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future, 14).

We’re merely fourteen years into the twenty-first century, but it appears the great narratives of this century may not turn out any less hellish than last century’s: statism, narcissism, transgenderism, and ageism.

Unless God in His mercy grants reformation and repentance…

The unFacebooked life is not worth living…?

This is a bit awkward. Most of you arrived here at my blog because you followed an automatically-posted link on my Facebook page. I was going to share the article below on Facebook but it didn’t seem right to do so. Kind of a dilemma to “like” this post, eh…

For the past few days I was able to spend time (real time) with an old friend. He’s not on Facebook so it is particularly difficult to keep up with his work and family. To do so I have to go through the trouble of calling him (…and he doesn’t have a cell phone…) or traveling to visit him–real face time.

Screen Shot 2014-02-22 at 10.16.40 AMThough Steve is a professor at a university, he has resisted the significant pressure to join the rest of us in our electronic exhibitionism/voyeurism. What are his reasons? Conveniently, he wrote an article for Touchstone about his reasons.

Give the article some time and consider how you can heed Steve’s warnings. Think about how much time you are spending face to face with real people and whether that kind of incarnational living matters. For Christians who have a Savior who took on flesh and lived with us, it should matter.