AT CROSS-PURPOSES WITH GOD
GEORGE EVANS, B.A., B.D.
has happened to our world? †From much of
its life one might infer that some devil is abroad. †Men everywhere said "Good-bye" to the Old Year as to a nightmare. †But what of the New Year?
†Disillusionment seems written over
everything. †Despair has eaten deeply
into the hearts of millions. †And the
dread of some terrible imminent catastrophe lies heavily upon the mind and
heart of many. †Have Christian people any
message for a world sick, visibly perishing? †In the presence of calamities and suffering on
a world scale, what can be said concerning the Divine Government of the world? †Are the evils being endured and impending the
"signs" of Godís presence within our,
humanity, though in wrath? †Or are they
the tokens that "He hideth
Himself"? †The greatness of
the prophets of
But if men, whether in ignorance, or wilfully against the light, violate the laws of the moral order, disasters will inevitably ensue. †And when standing forth in the nation, sensitive to all its life, they know their innermost nature lacerated by what their eyes see, they declare that these things are the consequences of disobedience, the symptoms of a disharmony with the nature of God. †And at whatever cost to their own person they indict the wrongdoers, and call to repentance. †History has confirmed the greatness of the prophets. †And is it not just because of this vivid intuitive awareness of Godís moral order and manís life therein?
Has time in its passing modified or swept away that moral order? †There is widespread in the world, and even within the Christian Church, an idea that the invincible sternness of that order has been somehow softened; that the God we acknowledge is an amiable Deity who no longer exacts the penalties of wilful transgression. †The sentimental conception of God so prevalent in our period does not derive from Jesus. †"Holy Father" is the recurring phrase on His lips; and "Hallowed be Thy Name" the first saying in the disciplesí prayer. †Jesus knew that man lives and moves and has his being within a moral order. †And He declared also, with a depth of meaning hidden from the prophets, what the consequences of disobedience are in human affairs, and to the souls of men, The consequences were inescapable. Jesus knows nothing of an amiable God.
This is not a time for the people of God to be silent and to wait upon
events. †The nations are at a moment of destiny. If because of fear
or unbelief men persist in acting at cross-purposes with God, in face of the
light, and the scourge of experience, the consequences will again ensue as
surely as in the Great War. †And it will
be futile then to pray to God to avert the doom. †The air about us trembles with the weighty
issues of life and death. †What shall the
people of God do? †Pray? †Yes, and without ceasing. †What for? †Surely, first, that we may realize afresh the
holiness of God and the sanctities of the moral order; then, that we may
realize that the Church is God's prophet-voice to the nations; and
finally, that it may be given to those who speak to the world in the name of
the fellowship to sound forth again with conviction and power the first solemn
word of our Lord and the prophets - "Repent!
Repent, for the
-The Christian World.