CRIMINALS ARE MADE—NOT BORN
In GN, THE GOOD NEWS of March, 1976, appears a lengthy article under the title: Why The Land Is Full Of Bloody Crimes. We quote only a small part of that article, page 5:
CAUSE AND EFFECT. Criminals are made—not born,. Our mushrooming crime problem should be no mystery to anybody who really looks into it. It’s all a matter of cause and effect. Our epidemic of criminal behavior has been learned from adults in a factory we call the home. Thousands of criminals have been molded in our tottering homes.
But it doesn’t need to be that way. We could begin to raise a whole generation of respectful, loving, obedient young people who are a gigantic plus and an enormous credit to this great country. But will we?
No matter what may befall this United States of America, you can as a committee of one begin to rear your children right. God said of the ancient patriarch Abraham: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment . . .”
Does God know that about you?
Indeed, we do not deny or minimize the importance of the home. That many lawless of our day and age are fed and nourished in wicked and lawless homes is certainly true. But does this mean that criminals are made, not born? Does this mean that these lawless homes are factories in which these criminals are made and produced? Do not the Scriptures teach that “you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” and that we “were by nature the children of wrath, even as others”?— Eph. 2:1, 3. Indeed, it is not true, as this article would have us believe, that it is all a matter of cause and effect, the effect being our many criminals, and the cause of these criminals being the adults in a factory which we call the home. To be sure, the Church of God need not despair because of our mushrooming crime problem. But our comfort does not lie herein, that we are able to raise a whole generation of respectful, loving, obedient young people who are a gigantic plus and an enormous credit to this great country. But this is our comfort and assurance: the Lord will bless the Christian home because the ever everlastingly faithful covenant God will surely maintain His covenant and church and gather that church in the line of continued generations
TIME FOR DECISION
Rev. Peter De Jong writes on this subject in THE OUTLOOK of February, 1976. In this article he deplores’ conditions within his church, the Christian Reformed Church. Even the casual observer, he writes, can hardly fail to notice that these churches are increasingly troubled by diverging opinions regarding moral and religious issues that, until recently, gave them no problems. In this article he refers to these problems. And these difficulties trouble him This we can understand.
We need not quote the article. It is easily read arid digested. We do wish to quote the concluding paragraph.
It is not pleasant to have to differ with the opinions of sincere Christian colleagues and invite possible controversy, but it must be done. Refusal to take the stand the Bible demands that we take on its own authority as God’s Word must inevitably, especially in our changing times, result in our standing for nothing at all. Trying to avoid taking such a stand by evasion or compromise can only result in further confusing and weakening our Christian life and testimony. That must not be permitted to continue. The Church must without question believe and obey the Word of God if it is to be what our Lord calls and commands it to be, “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
I assume these “sincere Christian colleagues” are men who hold to these opinions which trouble Rev. De Jong. Now, I do not question their Christianity. But I cannot help but wonder how sincere they are. Rev. De Jong writes on the subject, “Time for Decision.” Does this mean, Rev. De Jong, that the time for decision has come, that the time has come for the Church to believe and obey the Word of God if it is to be what our Lord calls and commands it to be, “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth”? Is that time now? And if the Church fails in this calling, what then? Rev. De Jong, how much longer will you wait? Is this “time for decision” to be postponed indefinitely?