I randomly picked up G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy off of my bookshelf last night and I began to read through it for the first time in probably six years. It reminded me how brilliant that man could be. I will be sharing some occasional quotes here from that book with my thoughts attached. I hope that if you have never read anything of Chesterton that this may spark your interest in a man who seems to have been about a century ahead of his time while equally grounded in his own day.
The first quote I want to share is actually from the forward of the version I have published by Harold Shaw Publishers in 2001. This edition had a forward by popular evangelical author Philip Yancey. He shares this story:
When the London Times asked a number of writers for essays on the topic ‘What is Wrong with the World?’ Chesterton sent in the reply shortest and most to the point:
This is the negative side of those words of wisdom accredited to Gandhi when he said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Yet it is a more important starting point that Gandhi presented. It begins in the reality that we are sinful, inadequate, and as in need of salvation as any one else. It echoes the words of the Apostle Paul who claimed himself to be chief of all sinners. It realized that all finger pointing begins while first looking in the mirror and realizing I am just as much a part of the problem as any sinner.
Taken from the introduction by Philip Yancey (p. xix-xx) from the 2001 Harold Shaw Publishers reprint of Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton.