The Age of Lawlessness

Worth ReadingJoseph Farah

Once upon a time, the truth and wisdom of the Bible provided the values necessary for self-government in America.

Our inspired Founding Fathers, taking their cues from the fathers of the Judeo-Christian faith, crafted a new form of limited government that removed the shackles from the people and placed them on elected and appointed federal officials in the form of tight restrictions on their authority.

Times were good. Liberty reigned. Prosperity ruled. The nation was blessed.

But, as happened throughout the history of ancient Israel, some in America came to reject the idea that a sovereign Creator could proscribe individual behavior and define for them what was right and wrong. The rebels preferred that man do what was right in his own eyes.

So they undermined belief in God and the very notion of ultimate truth, justice and morality. The idea that man could – and should – define his own destiny and value system had great appeal. Slowly but surely, more and more Americans, like their Hebrew forebears, began to rebel against God's commandments – His rules for a righteous, long and prosperous life.

We're all familiar with the first part of Proverbs 29:18: "Where there is no vision, the people perish …"

But there is no period at the end of that well-know and widely quoted scripture. Few remember the rest of the verse: "But he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

You've all heard and perhaps memorized this partial verse: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me …"

But what is "knowledge"? Hosea 4:6 defines it, if only we take the time to read the rest of the verse: "seeing thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget they children."

What is knowledge? It's the law of God. If you forget it, God will forget you.

The prophet Jeremiah saw this happen in his time, as he recounts in Lamentations 2:9: "Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD."

Today, even many professing Christians dismiss the law, claiming it was somehow "nailed to the cross," with their Savior Jesus, when it was actually their sins, their indictments, that were forgiven through the blood shed on the cross.

God's law is eternal. It is not a burden, as some modern Christians suggest. It is a blessing.

"So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever," we're told in Psalm 119:42-45. "And take not the truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever."

Forever and ever.

That is God's intent for His law.

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