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Two excellent posts from Anglican bloggers

June 8, 2015

Tonight I wanted to call attention to two posts from Anglican bloggers Dr. Curtis Crenshaw and Teresa Roberts Johnson that are each excellent and faithful to the Scriptures.

Dr. Crenshaw has written a post on God’s Law Restrains Evil that certainly points to a large portion of why things have gone wrong in the United States as far as the moral climate goes:

One purpose of God’s commandments is to restrain evil. When I was growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s, we had the Ten Commandments on the wall in home room in public high school. Each day a student read from the Bible, prayed, and then we all said the Pledge of Allegiance. The constant reminder of God’s law molded our consciences as we grew up. (Not to mention that saying the Pledge of Allegiance bonded us to our beloved country, something also sorely lacking today.) Movies were not rated, for there was no need. There was no profanity on TV or radio, no Playboy, and rape was rare.

In other words, when God’s commandments (revelation) are kept before the people, it produces moral restraint, protection from one another, a Christian cultural conscience; but without it, the people pursue sin with reckless abandonment. As all Christian symbols are being removed from our culture, all restraint to avoid sin is being removed. When I graduated in 1963, if two students got into an argument over some moral problem, the end of the argument would be when one of the students pointed to one of the commandments on the wall—end of argument.

Teresa Roberts Johnson has shared another of her poems with us in the post The Beggar.  This poem is based on the 1928 BCP Gospel reading for the 1st Sunday after Trinity – the story of the rich man and Lazarus – and you will find a quite good theological note therein, as well as the quality of poetry we have come to expect from her!

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  1. June 8, 2015 12:42 am

    Thank you, Will. I quite agree with you about Dr. Crenshaw. He was one of my professors at seminary, and his family and mine have been friends for about 40 years.

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