More people enjoy political freedom today than ever before. In Africa alone 26 free nations have emerged in recent years. Yet, paradoxically, never have so many felt caught in the grip of powers they cannot control. The criminal is regarded as the victim of his environment, the business man of unethical demands of “the corporation,” the laborer of his union, and everyman the victim of the powers of the subconscious mind. The alcoholic and the homosexual are the unfree persons caught in the web of uncontrollable physical or psychological forces; and the clergyman compromising his prophetic voice is regarded as the benign victim of the not-to-be-denied demands of eccleciasticism. Men sing “what will be will be.” Lovers riding a stream of passion claim: This is bigger than both of us. And if one escapes these, he is in any event caught in the meshes of a historical necessity which leaves him no choice but to see his free, capitalistic Western way of life plowed under by communism. Never were so many people politically free, yet hopelessly tossed as a leaf by inexorable winds of economic, psychological, historical, biological, and social forces.
False sovereigns have moved in to make puppets of those who have surrendered faith in a sovereign God. Against these modern impersonal sovereignties, Christians proclaim a God who is both Father and sovereign. On this they are in common agreement, though they differ in their definitions of sovereignty. Some define it as causality, making God the cause of everything, of war and peace, of sin and goodness. This view is the peculiar temptation of the philosopher, but it is alien to authentic Christian experience since it cannot be translated into prayer and worship. In moments of authentic ...1
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