From Terrify No More, Gary A. Haugen with Gregg Hunter
My colleagues spend thousands of hours each year infiltrating the world of aggressive evil. We covertly break into the dark company of those who intentionally and methodically prey upon the weak and the vulnerable — the bullies who enslave, torture, rape, rob, humiliate, and even kill the poor. And it is both fascinating and profoundly instructive to see what they understand so clearly about human nature. What they have learned is this: You and I tend to lose heart long before we actually lose the battle. The strategy of evil is, therefore, simple and focused: Make the forces of goodness quit the struggle. The bullies begin their work with the victims by crushing the force of goodness that lies in their will to resist.
(p. 77-78, emphasis added)
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “We must picture Hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self importance, and resentment”…. Who in the midst of the preoccupations of that hell would have the energy and generosity for the larger battles?
This leads me back to a self-audit of small and unworthy things. What might it mean to our country if the readers of this book resolved to abandon every petty , small, and unworthy battle this year? What if they resolved to give themselves fully to larger things that matter, to things of God and his kingdom? In fact, in a world of so much acute suffering, hurt, and need, for what purpose have you and I been granted so much?