It only took a moment for me to track down the quotation my fellow elder, Don Fry, had read from the pulpit in the morning sermon. Robert Reich, Labor Secretary under President Clinton, now Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis University and its Heller Graduate School and national editor of The American Prospect had opined only a few months ago:
The great conflict of the 21st century may be between the West and terrorism. But terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The underlying battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernist fanatics; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe blind allegiance to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is no more than preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe that truth is revealed solely through scripture and religious dogma, and those who rely primarily on science, reason, and logic. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism is not the only danger we face. (Robert B. Reich, “The Last Word”, The American Prospect, Inside the Crack-Up, July 2004)
Don’t be fooled: those who scream the loudest about “tolerance” are the most intolerant of that which they know to be true but actively suppress: the knowledge of God. Failing to be able to hurt God directly, they take out their anger upon those who remind them of His presence, those who by His grace bow the knee to the one they know they, too, will bow to…someday. This kind of rhetoric is standard fare in “academia” today. And the world-view from which it arises pervades our society. If I did not believe in a sovereign God who can change even the heart of a Robert Reich, I would have little hope. But thankfully, God’s truth stands firm.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form…(Colossians 2:8-9)