Jul 18, 2006

motto for bloggers

Do you receive Communique, the free pro-life e-mail newsletter from Judie Brown's American Life League? (See all.org) The issue of July 13 had this quotation:

“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become your sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”
-- Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), Dutch neo-Calvinist theologian and politician

Here is where I insert a disclaimer: Of course, to quote this Mr. K. is only to relay this one, single, lone quotation from him. It is not to endorse or agree with anything he ever said, did, thought or stood for in his long life. For example, he is said to have agreed with the Kaiser's side in World War I; you'd think he was old enough by then to know better!

One more disclaimer: Naturally, we need to take the quotation's words "battle" and "with all the fire of your faith" in a good sense -- the loving, just and logical "battle" and "faith" of the saints, not of anyone who lacks logic, charity and justice.

But anyway, to "lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy" kind of sums up what blogging is all about, and what activism is partly about; and it is part of evangelization, too.

2 Comments:

Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

Quintero,

There are many renowned Historians that feel that the Kaiser was forced into war, The Catholic Emperor of Austria certainly did not want the war.

World War I cleared the way for Lenin and Marxism. Get the picture!

The older I get, the more I find out that there were two sides to many issues in History!

For instance, studying the Constitution will tell anyone who is honest that the South did have the Right to succeed from the Union!

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Kenneth,

No side was right in World War I. All that the rulers and the so-called statesmen on every side did was slaughter millions of soldiers and civilians, wreck many cities, cause untold heartache and sow the seeds for anti-Christian Red revolution and another world war.

Pope Benedict XV's earnest labors to stop the war might have helped lead to his death.

3:05 PM  

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