Exhortation: Poetry of Worldliness

If you have ever worked at a bookstore as I have, you know that there is an entire section dedicated to Business and Success. The section on success is largely filled with a plethora of books on how to make a million dollars in a month or something of that nature. It reminded me of the words of G.K. Chesterton who once wrote “…these are books …written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books.” Chesterton looked right through the underlying assumptions about success from the modern world. They are always associated with money and power. There is nothing that even hints at the Biblical definition of success. It was Joshua who first described success as not turning to the right or to the left, but rather being obedient to the Law of God.  True success is following Yahweh and His laws. In the end our hope is the hope of Chesterton who writes:

…let us hope that we shall all live to see these absurd books about Success covered with a proper derision and neglect. They do not teach people to be successful, but they do teach people to be snobbish; they do spread a sort of evil poetry of worldliness.

Our prayer is that the poetry of worldliness will be replaced with the poetry of Biblical Revelation.


About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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