Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

5/07/2012

Sane Madness

Desert Father Abba Anthony said:
A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, 'you are mad, you are not like us.'

So what is “sane” in this advanced world of ours, as we gallop along happily on our progressive treadmill? The Biblical diagnosis of our state of affairs has not changed in the last 3,000 years: The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' [Psalm 14:1]

As someone who basked in his foolishness, I now understand that the chief distinction between a Christian and a non-Christian is that the former knows he is a sinner because he knows the Savior, while the latter does not know himself. Today, I'm fully aware of my former folly, and struggle daily to overcome it in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

[...] As I wrestle with living out the insanity of the Gospel in our world, where life is but a mad dance of molecules and a pleasure quest, I can take comfort in the hope that the One Whom the Church preaches was also called a madman during His sojourn on earth, and that by the power of His resurrection, He has overturned the molecular reality! Impossible? It is indeed for men, but not for God. This is why an early Church Father proclaimed: “I believe because it is impossible,” and we believe because it is absurd. No ancient Greek tragedy, no medieval Shakespearean drama, no story in this world will ever compare to the insane and illogical love of God in Christ. And for us who humbly follow in His steps, it is the only sane reality in a world gone mad.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus! / Amidst the chaos, this is strange: / God's truth remains, it does not change; / Amidst the noise and worldly clamor / He still abides in stillness ever / And forever! When time is spent and when rolls up the sky, / Then we will see His splendor set on high, Then we will know that life was not a game, / Then we will grasp true glory and our shame... - (Mikhail Markhasev, 2012, in sunny Corcoran)

Uittreksel uit artikel Sane Madness/ Joy of All Who Sorrow News

2 comments:

Liza said...

Die ou woestynvader het ook gesê: “Whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it in accordance with the testimony of the Holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.”

Goeie raad. Dis al wat jy kan doen om koers te hou in 'n wêreld wat besig is om beheer te verloor...

Henrietta said...

Sjoe, diep filosofiese gedagtes waaroor mens lank kan wonder, Liza! "Toevallig" het ons gisteroggend by Bybelstudie Ps 53 gedoen, wat 'n byna presiese weergawe van Ps 14 is. Ons het daarby uitgekom dat die “sê in sy hart” eintlik beteken dat dit ‘n mens se denke bepaal en oorheers, en dat dáárdie denke (dat daar geen God is nie) uiteindelik ‘n mens se hele lewenswandel bepaal.

Vir myself is die antwoord in die tye waarin ons vandag lewe, in die goeie raad in Psalm 119: “ U Woord is ‘n lamp vir my voet en ‘n lig vir my pad”, (en dis in dieselfde Psalm die raad vir jongelinge oor hoe hul hul pad suiwer te hou) en ook Ps 36:9: “... in U lig sien ons die lig.”