Evil is restrained either through man’s fear of God or man’s fear of man. Where there is fear neither of God nor of man, chaos and anarchy prevail.
Where good behavior stems from the fear of man, as in a totalitarian or strongly authoritarian state, this “goodness” is achieved at the price of personal freedom and is a form of slavery.
God has provided for mankind the norms for right living, and to those who put their trust in him he gives the power to live accordingly. Herein lie the basis and stamina of Christian character.
Character itself is an evidence of some restraining, energizing, and directing influence on a man’s life; and Christian character is a demonstration of the presence and power of the living Christ. It is a combination of faith in the revelation God has given of himself through his Son, and obedience to that revelation in daily living.
Christian character has been described as doing what is right when no one is looking and when one knows that his actions can never be tracked to their source. But it is far more than that. Christian character involves testing of thoughts and actions by God-given guidelines and then proceeding according to his revealed will and by the power of his indwelling Spirit, regardless of difficulties.
A nation is great when its citizens possess Christian character; when that character starts to erode, the nation’s fall has begun.
The evidences of such erosion are to be seen on every hand in our country. Dishonesty is flagrantly admitted. In fact, the entire business world seems in danger of coming apart at the seams through dishonest practices. The social life of the nation is also being eroded by the so-called new morality, which is nothing more or less than the old immorality dressed ...1
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