Reach • Devotion #2: Moral Law
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
The United States of America needs Jesus. It was founded on Christian principles. God has blessed America. We need to make sure people do not rewrite the past ignoring our God. We also need to get our focus back on God. Pray for a revival.
The sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this… it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
Paragraph two of the Declaration of Independence famously starts, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Please catch the phrase, “truths to be self-evident.” We are born with an innate sense of right and wrong. It lends itself to the idea of fixed standards and absolute truth.
C.S. Lewis argued for the existence of God based on this moral law in his book, Mere Christianity. It can be summarized as this:
1. There is a universal Moral Law.
2. If there is a universal Moral Law, there is a Moral Law-giver.
3. If there is a Moral Law-giver, it must be something beyond the universe.
4. Therefore, there is something beyond the universe.
Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 both contain the Ten Commandments. Some have said Moses is the biggest sinner of all time because he broke all Ten Commandments in three seconds (remember, he threw the first set down because of the sin of the people, so God rewrote them). It is interesting to see that countries that do not have a copy of the Bible in their language already had a sense of what is right and what is wrong. Even the 1% biker gangs have a “set of rules.” Moral Law exists.
Only a fool would say, “There are no absolutes” (as that is an absolute in itself). A friend of mine was in college when the professor said, “There are no absolutes.” All he said in response was, “Absolutely.” The professor scowled at him saying, “We are not going there.” There are absolutes. There is truth. God’s Word is the truth (John 17:17), and the truth will set us free (John 8:32).
As our country becomes more and more liberal, we need to hold to the truth. This age of tolerance weakens the mind as one is expected to believe that opposing theories are both right. Some things and thoughts are wrong. We need to share the truth in love. Mercy and truth are walking hand in hand.