Saturday, June 13, 2009

Schaeffer's Commentary on Evan Thomas

An excerpt from Francis A. Schaeffer's "How Should We Then Live" speaking on the fall of Rome:

"Because August established peace externally and internally and because
he kept the outward forms of constitutionality, Romans of every class
were ready to allow him total power in order to restore and assure the
functioning of the political system, business, and the affairs of daily
life. After 12B.C. he became the heard of the state religion, taking
the title Pontifex Maximus and urging everyone to worship the "Spirit of Rome and the genius of the emperor." Later this became obligatory for all the people of the the Empire, and later still, the emperors ruled as gods."

As a student of history I am many times taken by the thoughts and actions of historical people. Nowhere is this more so than men desiring themselves to be bestowed with the attribute of divinity, and even more-so still, with those willing to bestow it. Being of the thought that man never changes in his basic being, I surmise that if something has ever happened before, it can happen again. Evan Thomas has proved my thinking correct. So here it is, this "progressive" has given me some modern insight into historical events that have been, for this modern mind anyway, hitherto baffling.

Hear his words, if you havn't already, on this 37 second clip:


8 comments:

Susan said...

Ah....but we've read the end of The Book!!!!!
Susan

Jon said...

I issued a warning in a blog post after the election, saying that we shouldn't put too much hope into one man. He's definitely become the modern messiah for many people.

Funny, if you substitute "Obama" for "August" and "Americans" for "Romans," you get:

Because Obama established peace externally and internally and because he kept the outward forms of constitutionality, Americans of every class were ready to allow him total power in order to restore and assure the functioning of the political system, business, and the affairs of daily life.

I hope the second and third sentences do not follow in our case.

Mary Lee said...

Ya know I was just thinking about this the other day. Obama seems to have become the messiah to many. Its a slippery slope my friend.

Larry Durham said...

Matthew 21:11 - and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

The level of deception we are witnessing with Barry Obama is chilling. Matthew 24 goes on to detail what will happen in those days: persecution, famine, false prophets, betrayal Are we there?

Christ told the disciples to "stand firm".

So, brothers and sisters, if Barry the Teleprompter is a sign of the end of time, be ready. Stand firm indeed.

Kathy said...

May the One True God help us all.

Dan said...

I'm watching in amazement the fragmented thinking that is prevalent today. Even with no Bible we could forecast the future simply from history. But one thing is for sure, the whole world seems to be in plenty enough of a gullible state to follow the anti-Christ with ease.

Jon said...

History--you mean that period of time that began when I got out of bed this morning, right?

Dan said...

I'm not thinking ancient history Jon.