From North’s The Paralysis of Pessimism
This [profound pessimism] is intellectual suicide. It is the prelude to a massive shift in cultural roots. It is the shaking of the foundations of the secular West. The vision of optimism that was fostered by the Puritans of the seventeenth century, as well as the Enlightenment thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, is dead. The Puritan hope has almost been extinguished in the orthodox churches, and the Enlightenment hope has been extinguished in modernist churches, modernist universities, and the Federal bureaucracy. Those holding positions of authority have increasingly become time-servers, in much the same way that jailed criminals are time-servers. They are waiting for retirement, or this weekend’s tennis games, or a vacation. They are waiting for the end. It is this overwhelming cultural pessimism, rather than the so-called depletion of our natural resources, which constitutes the crisis of our age. It is this loss of faith in the future which marks our break with American history, not the high price of imported oil.
This is why eschatological optimism is a Christian imperative. We must regain our faith in the promise of God’s restoration after the period of captivity. If we can shake off the intellectual shackles of our secular captors, and regain hope, then we can begin to recapture the positions of leadership which were once ours as Christians.
If the System dies, then it dies.
Our job is to insure the continuity of our faith – and of course, live and raise our children according to that faith as well.
But the growth of the Kingdom of God is not only in personal fidelity, not only in genetic inheritance, but in speeding and teaching and living the Gospel, and having it shape the entirety of our lives.
From self, to church, to family & business, to our nation and our laws.
God wants it all, and we should give it all to Him.