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The Permanent Things Endure

June 21st, 2024 | 6 min read

By Jake Meador

So many good Christians are just being neutralized. Part of our problem is that the preachers are just neutralizing their people so they won't do anything. Nothing pleases the enemy more than to have his opposition neutralized so they won't recognize him, so they won't be willing to confront him, won't be willing to deal with him. This whole program of neutralizing is the result of false propaganda and the peace line and the false use of love and all these things that are put together to bring a man to a place where he's just neutral. Now I say here in this pulpit that we are very near to what they were in Red China. A man led a separatist movement at 18 and he started the independent Presbyterian church in Beijing. And what happened? The communists came in. The man was taken prisoner because he was a preacher. And that's the same thing that's gonna happen to your pastor and to others before very long if something doesn't stop.

On a whim I recently picked up Philip Yancey's memoir Where the Light Fell while at the library with my kids. I've struggled to put the book down since bringing it home. Part of that is down to Yancey's skill as a writer, no doubt—he seems to me to represent the absolute best of his generation of evangelicalism. (If you want to read something that will both make you hopeful and break your heart, read his farewell column at Christianity Today.) But another aspect of the appeal is that I was surprised and dismayed at how the book managed to feel so remote in some ways and yet, as I read more, quite contemporary in others.

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).