Vance Havner on “The Age of Anarchy in America”

Vance Havner said,

“Right and wrong are no longer absolute but relative. Every man does what is right in his own eyes.  ‘If I think it’s all right, that makes it right.’  So we have contextual morality and situation ethics.  ‘If you don’t like a law, break it.’  So we have civil disobedience.

Every television news report shows a howling mob with the law in its own hands.  America has a thousand fractures andfragmented groups, each demanding what it wants with no regard for what happens to the country.

Universities cringe before lawless students.  The faculty surrenders to the mob.  The monkeys take over the zoo!  The police are called in to do what the parents of these youngsters failed to do ten years earlier.

There is no discipline in government, in school, in the home or in the individual.  Even our churches have thrown discipline overboard and no longer mention specific sins, only generalities, so that each member can put his own interpretation on what is right or wrong.

There is a universe of moral law, whether or not we like it, and when we disregard it, we pull down the house ourselves along with our generation.  The alternative to discipline is disaster.  We have become soft and tolerant and fearful and permissive, and the forces of evil are taking advantage of it to wreck the country.”

Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.    -Proverbs 14:34

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