Serving the Children of Light by S. M. Hutchens

Editorial

Serving the Children of Light

A Deeper Subtitle

On the seventh of June, 2020, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, now in virtual exile because of his opposition to the liberalizing program of Pope Francis and his allies, published a letter to President Trump—an analysis of current events, particularly of the politics of the Covid-19 virus and the riots fomented by anarchists in the name of racial justice. In this letter the archbishop spoke in terms of the struggle between the children of light and the children of darkness. The week before, in our own corner of the world, I had been asked by my Touchstone colleagues to formulate a brief description of the journal's character—something like "mere Christianity" or "ecumenical orthodoxy," but unburdened by the need to explain these involved terms.

It occurred to me that, in his letter to the President, the archbishop pointed toward the words for which I had been casting about in those of the Lord himself. In the Parable of the Unjust Steward found in Luke 16, Jesus commends the thieving manager for his practical grasp of how the real world operates, while pointing out the comparative unsophistication of believers, for, the Lord says, "the children of this world are, in accordance with their type, wiser than the children of light." Once again, as he does in many places, he divides the human race in two, with God's judgment on their essential beings, without reference to the signs upon which we, who see only outward appearances, must rely to make what seem unavoidable classifications. Anyone who knows the facts of the case can see that the steward of Luke 16 is a liar and a thief, but we would not know with certainty that he was primordially a child of darkness unless the Righteous Judge had told us he was.

THIS ARTICLE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
FOR QUICK ACCESS:


S. M. Hutchens is a Touchstone senior editor.

calling all readers

Please Donate

"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand

"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor

Support Touchstone

• Not a subscriber or wish to renew your subscription? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of publishing!


personal subscriptions

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for only $39.95. That's only $3.34 per month!


RENEW your print/online
subscription

Purchase
Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives including pdf downloads for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!


RENEW your online subscription

gift subscriptions

GIVE Print &
Online Subscription

Give six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for the reduced rate of $29.95. That's only $2.50 per month!


RENEW your gift subscription

Transactions will be processed on a secure server.

bulk subscriptions

Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.

kindle subscription

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.


more from the online archives

32.3—May/June 2019

Theodicies & Messy Desks

on the Infinite Problem of Goods & Evil by Hugh Hunter

29.3—May/June 2016

The Master's Voice

Our Choice Is Obedience or Jesus as Anti-Christ by Anthony Esolen

27.3—May/June 2014

Religious Freedom & Why It Matters

Working in the Spirit of John Leland by Robert P. George

00