I was thinking of the religious leadership of Jesus’ day — how incredibly scholarly they were and how empty they were spiritually. Then someone gave me a great quote that fit them well:
They could dig down deeper and come up drier than anyone else.
There, except for the grace of God, go I.
It’s a constant challenge for us to maintain a spiritual depth that is rooted in God’s presence in our life. Such does not come from mere study, but from deep and meaningful fellowship with God through worship and prayer.
It is the test of a good religion — whether you can joke about it.
~Gilbert K. Chesterton
If you read some bloggers and their comments, you might begin to think that religions are the sole cause of war. Miec Pearse, in The Gods of War addresses this issue thoroughly and intelligently. I don’t know that I’ve ever read one more acquainted with world history than Pearse. He begins chapter three with these words:
Although much of the history of Christian churches is disgraceful in that their creeds have been stained by bloodshed and spread by violence, the churches did not begin that way. For the first three centuries of its life, the faith of the Prince of Peace was spread entirely by pacific means, usually in the face of violent persecution.
~Meic Pearse in The Gods of War, Intervarsity Press, 2007. p. 58.
Get the book and take a read. You’ll find it refreshingly enlightening — especially if you’ve spent any time reading some of the anti-religious web sites or watching some of the pop-corn cable news.