Using the World While Not Abusing It


In about 54 AD, Saul of Tarsus (aka, Saint Paul) wrote the line I’ve incorporated into our title to a small group of proto-Christians: Use this world while not abusing it. That is a consummate outsider view, as well as a highly productive view. It’s a view we need to internalize.


We have as much right to use this world as anyone else does: pleb, potentate or whatever. And we should use that right. We’ll want to do it benevolently, of course, but as the apostle might have said: Woe unto the world if we do not use it.