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Rootlessness

August 21st, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rootlessness is the basic ingredient, not only of this first and ancient culture but of all secular cultures and especially our own. If ever there was a day in which civilization was attempting to form itself without God, it is the day in which we live. But never has the restlessness of the ungodly been more evident. Simone Weil, a brilliant French writer who lived in London during the occupation of France by Germany during the Second World War and who died there in 1943, wrote a book entitled The Need for Roots in which she analyzed the uprootedness of her day. She discussed uprootedness in the cities and in the countryside. She discussed it in relation to nationhood. She concluded that the only cure for uprootedness is a rediscovery of the human being as God’s creature and of God himself as the source of those basic elements without which a proper civilization cannot function: order, liberty, obedience, responsibility, equality, the right to express one’s opinion, security, private property, truth, and others. Weil is right. Our roots are in God; and if we will not have God, we are condemned to be vagabonds.

James Montgomery Boice, Genesis: An Expositional Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998), 264.

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