Fanaticism and Rationality
Too often we worry about what other people will think of us. We lament, "what if they think that I am some kind of fanatic?"
And thus I have shown the marks and characteristics of a godly man. If a person thus described is reputed to be a fanatic, then Abraham and Moses and David and Paul were fanatics, which I think none but atheists will dare to affirm! (pg. 188)
Who cares what "they" think? Being a "fanatic" for God is the true rational course:
'Now are ye light of the Lord' (Eph. 5:8). Will not anyone be willing to exchange a dark prison for a king's palace? Will he not exchange his brass for gold? You who become godly change for the better; you change your pride for humility, your uncleanness for holiness. You change a lust that will damn you for a Christ who will save you. If men were not besotted, if their fall had not knocked their brains out, they would see that it is the most rational thing in the world to become godly. (pg. 201)
If the world had any brains, it would seek after God. We who have been given a new heart, a new mind, and spiritual understanding, should dedicate ourselves to His glory. To do otherwise would be foolish and irrational.
Each of us are fanatical about something or other. Wouldn't it be most profitable to be a fan of our Creator?
The Ink: Robert Estienne (1503–1559)
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