Community or Anarchy?

Ravaged by Katrina from without and by looters from within, New Orleans is facing the end of its civilization. How thin is the veneer that keeps us from descending into barbarism! For many in the “Big Easy,” apparently, the only thing that kept them law-abiding was the threat of arrest and prosecution.

Lest we cluck at the hooligans carrying away plasma TVs amid the floodwaters, we should each ponder this question: When no one’s looking, are you the kind of person who picks up a piece of trash … or throws one down? The first leads to community. The second, to anarchy.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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