When youâ€™re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.
I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves addingÂ—joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid leaves with disgust.
Let us face at the outset how many Christians are not victorious, but defeated. Defeated by circumstances, defeated by other peoplesÂ’ natures and wrong-doings, defeated by the down-drag of the flesh, defeated by loss, by pain, by suffering, by worry. Instead of saying with confidence, Â“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faithÂ”, they have to say in honesty, Â“This is the defeat that has been caused by the world, even our self-centeredness.Â” That is the opposite of faith. Unbelief is not the opposite of faith; self-centeredness is Â– being centered in self rather than in God.