Kindness amidst collapse

"In a time where there are pressures, real and imagined, to identify yourself by which “Bill” you align with — O’Reilly, Moyers, Graham, or Gothard — Marilynne Robinson humbly offers a beautifully unique, historically rich vision of fearless Christian love worth abiding in."

An intriguing, short article here on Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead, which I am currently reading. Questioned about Fox News at Calvin College, her answer was great.

“The only obligation I recognize is to say what I believe to be true [...] and to say it with kindness. I believe that is how a Christian conversation should proceed.”
“We’re stuck in psycho-emotional bomb shelters [of fear]..."
"We live in a time when the claiming of a religious identity has become more important than abiding in what that truth implies.”

Then again, I just read of a beating of a couple in Norfolk, VA, and I wonder - is the fear justified? As we descend into barbarism, like the Roman Empire of the 3-400s, I still think we need to reject fear and "under attack"-ism. Augustine offered a very different answer in the City of God, as Rome collapsed around him. We should fear God, live and witness a positive faith to all we can, and trust the Lord.

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