Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Edmund Burke Quote

The following quote is one of my favorites:

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

I legitimize Burke's quote by adding Philippians 2:13 to it: "...for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Why do I add this verse? Because the quote talks about "good men." But we know from Romans 3:10 that "There is no one righteous, not even one..." "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." (Romans 3:23). Only God is good, and therefore, evil triumphs when men fail to obey God and allow God to work His goodness through them.

Here's a commentary on the quote from American Minute with Bill Federer:

This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born JANUARY 12, 1729.

Considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons, Burke stands out in history, for, as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the rights of the American colonies and strongly opposed the slave trade.

In "A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly," 1791, Edmund Burke wrote:

"What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without restraint.

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as they are disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good in preference to the flattery of knaves."

Edmund Burke continued:

"Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:7-10

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