“people submerged in a culture swarming with lies and malice feel as if they are drowning in it: they can trust nothing they hear, depend on no one they meet. such dissatisfaction with the world as it is is preparation for traveling in the way of christian discipleship. the dissatisfaction, coupled with a longing for peace and truth, can set us on a pilgrim path of wholeness in god.
a person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the christian way. as long as we think the next election might eliminate crime and establish justice or another scientific breakthrough might save the environment or another pay raise might pus us over the edge of anxiety into a life of tranquillity, we are not likely to risk the arduous uncertainties of the life of faith. a person has to get fed up with the ways of the world before he, before she, acquires an appetite for the world of grace.”
– eugene peterson “a long obedience in the same direction”