In a sermon summarizing the book of JUDGES, Mark Dever included this wonderful quotation from the late Dr James M. Boice, which explains our culture today — as well as our often unrealistic expectations of it….
“No people ever rise higher than their idea of God, and conversely, a loss of the sense of God’s high and awesome character always involves a loss of a people’s moral values and even what we commonly call humanity. We are startled by the disregard for human life that has overtaken large segments of the western world, but what do we expect when countries such as ours openly turns their back upon God? We deplore the breakdown of moral standards, but what do we expect when we have focused our worship services on ourselves and our own often trivial needs rather than on God? Our view of God affects what we are and do…“
(taken from Dr Boice’s sermons on Psalms, Vol. 3, p. 912)
Moral courage is an endangered species in these days, where the T-Rex of political correctness freely roams and seemingly rules the land. I shared the following this morning at our Iron Man Fellowship breakfast as we took up the topic.
“There is among all sorts of persons a crying need to take a dose of moral courage. The need is not for more cleverness or more education, nor for more analysis or more research into man’s problems. It is for more straightforward speaking. It is for more openness. It is for more boldness to call things what they are and to set them in the light of God’s Word. The man who will courageously refuse to play the popular game of deception is the man who will win the title of prophet to this generation.”
~ Maurice Roberts in The Thought of God, page 121.
"The Thought of God" by Maurice Roberts
(Banner of Truth Trust, 1993)
British Pastor Rev. Maurice Roberts was the minister of Ayr Free Church of Scotland from 1974 to 1994, and since then has been the minister of Greyfriars Congregation, Inverness, a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). He was editor of the Banner of Truth magazine from 1988 to 2003. This older brother in the faith has deep, spiritual insights into life in this present world and is able to preach and write clear words of biblical direction. I have long cherished his brief articles and editorials in the Banner of Truth magazine, which have been available in book form now for several years. Many of his sermons are available online (such as here at the Monergism site, or at SermonAudio.com). Having met him on a few occasions, I have been struck by his personal holiness, his love for the truth and his passion for the glory of God. I’ve often thought this dear brother walks in the manner of the great puritan divines whose theology he shares.