Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Muddled Legacies

“American history is by no means sacred history, but it does provide us with very funny illustrations of this same mentality. Washington D.C. is filled with monuments and statues to people whose civic convictions would get them lynched if they came back today by some time machine fluke to occupy public office. George Washington comes to mind. Not to mention Madison, Jefferson, and Adams.

As the Lord established earlier, the scribes and Pharisees were tombs themselves, and this is why they liked to decorate the tombs of righteous men. In doing this, they proved to Jesus that they were actually the children of those who had killed the prophets. Their concern for the prophets’ tombs testified against them. In a similar way, modern evangelicals really like names such as Wycliffe and Tyndale. Our forebearers! But one edifying thought experiment (there are many such) consists of William Tyndale paying a tumultuous visit to Tyndale House, publishers of the inane Left Behind series. One pictures broken windows, crying secretaries, sirens, a major scene, an arrest, and a board meeting the next day with the suits and haircuts trying to decide if they should press charges against this very troubled man. At the end they decide to just make him pay for the damage he did to the sign out front—the sign that had his name on it. This is an obvious point, but a certain kind of mind still misses it. This is because a certain kind of mind couldn’t hit a bull on the ass with a banjo.” Doug Wilson, A Serrated Edge, p. 40

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