From the July/August, 1998 issue of Touchstone
On Well-Worn Doormats by Thomas S. Buchanan

On Well-Worn Doormats

If you see an intelligent man, visit him early; let your foot wear out his doorstep.
—Ecclesiasticus 6:36

There is something in our culture that prizes independence and shuns authority. Perhaps it is the nature of democracy that fosters the notion that we are all equal and should not be subordinate to anyone (although I sense that in recent generations there was more respect for those in authority than now). We do not mind the idea of obeying God, but that is because we can decide privately what he tells us to do. God does not generally speak to us in clear ways that we can readily discern. Have you ever heard someone say something like “I prayed about divorcin . . .


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