Sunday, July 28, 2013
Back to Virtue
This is a quote from Peter Kreeft in his book Back to Virtue. He's talking about fundamentalists here, but I just thought this really explained what I was talking about in my last post.
"One of the most serious faults in the evangelical and fundamentalist outlook is its passivity. Its adherents say, "The Lord will work it out." Yes, and meanwhile the Lord has commanded us to act, not just to wait. The Lord is our heavenly Father, and fathers want their children to grow up and think and act for themselves. To insist that we take responsibility for ourselves and cultivate virtue is not to think that we work our way into heaven by piling up Brownie points with God. It is to see us as human beings rather than as wax dummies. It is to interpret the image of God properly (God is active and so are we). It is to see our proper response to God as a full and human one, and to distinguish justification (which is God's alone) from sanctification (which is ours and God's)."