Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some Plain Words on Christian Living

So I am in Wisconsin these days living with my grandparents. I have a lot more time thus far to be able to read, think, and write and to just plain relax. I just finished reading this awesome book Plain Words on Christian Living by Charles John Vaughan and would like to share a selection from page 159. It is on the subject of being spiritually blind and deaf:
            
                 "It is, instrumentally, the result of that pressure of the world upon us, of which we spoke at the beginning [previously in the book I believe]. It is because we are in the midst of distracting sights and jarring sounds; because the voices of the earth are loud and imperious [overbearing], and the voices of heaven and eternity refined and distant. But this is but half, not half, of the reason. Beings made in God's likeness were not originally thus deaf to God's voice or blind to God's working. It is sin which has wrought the change. It is because we do not wish to part with the false idea of earth and earthly things, which alone enables us either to do or bear evil.