Roots needed

In 1990 the Christian publication The Door—a.k.a. the Wittenberg Door—did an interview with Dennis Prager, a practising Jew who at the time was one of the most widely listened to and respected commentators and talk show hosts in Southern California. Part of the interview revolved around the impact of secularism. Asked what was the fruit of secularism, Prager stated, among other things, “the death of roots” and “rootlessness.” As he went on to say about the States—and the same would be true of Canada: “Unfortunately we have many people in this country, Jewish and Christian, who loathe their roots. Rootlessness is a guarantor of the decline of the individual and then of society. People need roots…”[1] How true this is. Remembering and celebrating our past as Christians—and even lamenting aspects of that past—is not the only way to renewal and blessing, but it is one. And as this quote reminds us: to forget our roots is the pathway of spiritual folly and one sure way to spiritual decline. As Walter Wright, a past president of Regent College, has put it: “At the heart of wisdom is building on the accumulated wisdom of the ages.”[2]

[1] “A Civilization That Believes in Nothing”, The Door, 114 (November/December 1990), 12.

[2] “Wisdom: Learning and Unlearning”, The Regent World, 9, No.1 (Winter 1997), 2.