I hope to have at least one normal issue for you this week, though I cannot promise anything at this point. My reasons are twofold: First, I have been dealing with extensive seasonal allergies, which have left me more tired than usual. I had plans to volunteer this week at my local Salvation Army: practically, I am not sure I should hazard the risk of doing so, given that my allergies have made me almost asthmatic and have left my immune system seriously weakened. Talk about weighing the relative goods of life and caring for the impoverished. Which brings me to my second reason.
I spent much of my writing time over the weekend attempting to distill my central frustrations with the current mini-controversy about how to balance life with economic prosperity. That resulted in a new 4,000 word essay at Mere Orthodoxy
(rejoice that it is not in your inbox). I propose that leaders must
make some decisions about ‘how many’ lives to risk in responding to this, and that those writers who attempt to dismiss the question as illegitimate obscure the terrible authority God has entrusted government with to protect the common weal.
I don’t myself answer the question–which I am sure will pointed out to me by anyone eager to criticize me (if they read it, that is). I have my own thoughts as to what such an answer should look like. But, candidly, so few people read my work that the time it would take to show my work is not for now proportionate to the end: it would require me neglecting other responsibilities, which I cannot in good conscience do. Which is why my essay is more a plea for sobriety and seriousness from our professional Christian commentariat, whose full-time job it is to carry on a public conversation about matters of grave political and moral import.
At any rate: I have written the essay, and hope you will spend a few minutes of your day reading it. I meant it to be helpful: I tried to not only distill why Reno’s approach to this issue has been so frustrating, and even unserious, but also why his basic concerns (framed rightly) are reasonable.