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Vote for change or vote for right?

Campaign 2008

A verbal exchange in a Simpson's episode went like this:

Reporter: "What's your name, son?"

Bart: "I'm Bart Simpson. Who the @^#%$ are you?"

Reporter: "I'm Dave Shutton. I'm an investigative reporter who's on the road a lot and, uh, I must say that in my day we didn't talk that way to our elders."

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Bart: "Well, this is my day, and we do, sir."

So much for the theory of Evolution, at least in the area of social mores.

The buzz is that the victories of Huckabee and Obama in Iowa represent a vote for "change." This may well be. But generally speaking, there is something amusingly naive in the unexamined social notion that "change" is always in the direction of progress.

C.S.Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, dismantles that idea, "the belief that human history is a simple, unilinear movement from worse to better --- what is called a belief in Progress --- so that any given generation is always in all respects wiser than all previous generations….The whole world was wrong until the day before yesterday and now has suddenly become right."

He says God wants us to ask of a plan of action "Is it righteous? Is it prudent? Is it possible?" --- whereas Satan's department of philology has switched the words on us to make us ask "Is it progressive or reactionary?" (The Screwtape Letters). Just muddle their minds, that's his strategy.

Andrée Seu
Andrée Seu

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again. Follow Andrée on Twitter @Andreespeterson.

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