Thursday, January 10, 2013

Do I Care Enough About the World to Revolutionize It?

This quotation by G. K. Chesterton, in his book, Orthodoxy, has haunted me for years:
On the other side our idealist pessimists were represented by the old remnant of the Stoics. Marcus Aurelius and his friends had really given up the idea of any god in the universe and looked only to the god within. They had no hope of any virtue in nature and hardly any hope of any virtue in society. They had not enough interest in the outer world really to wreck or revolutionise it. 
They did not love the city enough to set fire to it. Thus the ancient world was exactly in our own desolate dilemma. The only people who really enjoyed this world were busy breaking it up; and the virtuous people did not care enough about them to knock them down.
Do I care enough about the fallen world around me to pray for Great Awakening?  Do I care enough about Adam's fallen race to seek Revival?  Do I care...enough?