Psalm 48 |
The evidence responsible for the unique amorality of this age in which we live is not hard to find. Darwin, Marx and Freud—all three come to mind. The evolutionary theory purports the obvious: you have no responsibility to your Creator, because you weren’t created. You are not responsible for your lot in life—you are a victim of the capitalists in the case of Marx, and your parents, in the case of Freud. The enemies of truth are not as strong as they once were—symbolized by Darwin, Marx and Freud. The bio geneticists are supplanting the naturalists, the anthropologists and comparative anatomists present much more detailed information about the basis of life and change. The evolution theory is a theory in crisis; many books published today quite shatter this great myth. Marxism is virtually destroyed, and Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis are resolved by drug therapy and we see counselors replacing the psychiatrist.
The world has become a ship with no rudder, not even a paddle. And has anyone seen the Captain? We talk about the situation incessantly. But there is a danger in talking about it too much, because it develops in us a sense of moral superiority. Instead we need to face facts: it’s not only them against us, it’s us against us. If all we do is talk about those in the amoral world around us, then we make ourselves holier than they are. We become a community of gossipers, tale bearers, busybodies. We forget Christ’s injunction about motes and beams. After all, the sins of the world are our sins which emanate from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life. If we would be honest and admit it—almost the whole of our being—the colors perhaps muted, nonetheless present. We must strengthen our faith. Bible study—so important, so neglected, provides the answer we are looking for, and gives impetus to our steadfastness in the pursuit of a meaningful faith. This study involves more than hanging on a rock so the flood of evil will wash over. It’s more than agreeing with the bumper sticker “God said it, I believe it, that settles it”. I call this a head-in-the-sand arrogance. We need to stand up and be counted.
There is no doubt that the amorality of today cries out for divine intervention. We’ve got a mess on our hands, one that only the Deity can solve, if He will save us from ourselves. This is something He has promised to do as told by the prophets, Jesus Christ and the disciples. Reduced to it’s simplest terms, God has promised to bless and fill the earth with His glory—a world filled with peace and eternal life for its inhabitants. Our faith in the things He has promised doesn’t grow out of mere contemplation, but requires our faith. We all know James’ famous preachment, Faith without works is dead. As said Paul who , when he admonished Timothy to ‘fight the good fight of faith’, was talking about works.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,
But one receives the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things.
Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run , not as uncertainly; so fight I
Not as one that beats the air.
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection,
Least that by any means, when I have preached to others,
I myself should be a castaway (I Cor 9. 24 – 27).
Subjection? Subjection to what? Subjection to the mind of Christ, who prayed to his Father saying, Not my will but thine be done. Can we make these words our daily prayer as we go about our prosaic existence? Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (IPet 5. 6, 7).