Monday, October 02, 2006

Faith When the Storm is Loud and Getting Louder

From Jonathan at Past Peak:

Martin Luther King, from his book Strength to Love:

[E]vil carries the seed of its own destruction. In the long run right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. Historian Charles A. Beard, when asked what major lessons he had learned from history, answered:

First, whom the gods would destroy they must first make mad with power. Second, the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceedingly small. Third, the bee fertilizes the flower it robs. Fourth, when it is dark enough you can see the stars.

These are the words, not of a preacher, but of a hardheaded historian, whose long and painstaking study of history revealed to him that evil has a self-defeating quality.

There is something in this universe that Greek mythology referred to as the goddess Nemesis.

It is true, all tyrants fall in the end. King went on to caution, though, that we must not let the inevitably of evil's overthrow make us complacent. We have our part to play in seeing to it that evil is, in fact, overthrown. And, in the end, we act not just to change them, but to keep them from changing us.


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