Editorials -- By: Rollin T. Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 091:364 (Oct 1934)
Article: Editorials
Author: Rollin T. Chafer


Rollin T. Chafer


One of the plaints of a certain type of present-day observers is that there is a marked decline in religion. All the ills of our difficult times, they say, are due to this decline; hence men are called upon in the press to repent and mend their ways. Others who see very little relation in the situation to the demands of revealed Christianity, have paraphrased the familiar words of Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, “Water, water, everywhere, nor a drop to drink,” to read, “Religion, religion, everywhere, nor a draft of pure Christianity to refresh a weary soul.”

The most prevalent human manifestation in the world at the present hour is religious in character. All the great seas of the earth’s surface are surrounded by tribes, nations and peoples holding blindly to variant forms of religion. Even in favored countries where the Way in Christ has been known, religion is being substituted for the one Way of Life. The blows of Thor’s magic hammer are again reverberating from Teutonic hills. There is a plethora of religion in the world. A recent writer has well said that men who have received The Truth cease to search for truth, while those men who continue to search for truth have not received Him who is the Way, the Life and the Truth. Christ, and Christ alone, can satisfy the individual human heart. He, alone, can bring healing to the nations.

“Gadgets,” Mechanical and Mental

Perhaps the most satisfying contrivance on the radio receiving set is the button that enables us to shut out the vibrations which reproduce the programs of crooners, blues and torch singers, and, in the words of an observing commentator, “all other adenoidal substitutes for good music.” Mechanical control devices have increased the comforts of life as the machine age has developed, but their universal availability has by no means divorced their use from serious responsibility.

The terrible toll of life and limb on our streets and highways gives constant testimony to this truth. Every speed maniac is a potential killer. He cannot avoid the responsibility, for the mechanical device which makes the speed possible is controlled by his mind and directive will.

Not only is this true, but the human mind itself is equipped with control features which insure-in spite of much that is taught in modern psychology-freewill choices, and with them the inevitable measure of full responsibility. One of the acquaintances of my earlier life, an Oxonian of exceptional parts, had a trick of “putting his mind into a void,” as he called it, whenever he found himself in an uninteresting situation where he was forced to sit through an inane addres...

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