Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Law of God

“At the present time, the existence of law is being denied. Men no longer believe that there is such a thing as a law of God, and naturally they do not believe that there is such a thing as sin. Thoughtful men, who are not Christians, are aware of the problem that this stupendous change in human thinking presents to the modern world. Now that men no longer believe that there is a law of God, now that men no longer believe in obligatory morality, now that the moral law has been abandoned, what is to be put in its place in order that an ordinarily decent human life may be preserved upon the Earth? It is impossible to keep back the raging seas of human passion with the flimsy mud embankments of an appeal either to self-interest, or to what Walter Lippman calls “disinterestedness.” Those raging seas can only be checked by the solid masonry of the law of God.

Men are wondering today what is wrong with the world. They are conscious of the fact that they are standing over some terrible abyss. Awful ebullitions rise from that abyss. We have lost altogether the sense of the security of our Western civilization. Men are wondering what is wrong.

It is perfectly clear what is wrong. The law of God has been torn up, as though it were a scrap of paper, and the inevitable result is appearing with even greater clearness. When will the law be rediscovered? When it is rediscovered, that will be a day of terror for mankind; but it will also be a day of joy, for the law will be a schoolmaster unto Christ. Its terrors will drive men back to the little wicket gate and to the way that leads to that place somewhat ascending where they will see the Cross.” --- J. Gresham Machen, Education, Christianity, and the State pages 41-42

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