We live in a world which wants the gentleness of Christian character. We want love. We want kindness, we want joy. We want purpose. We want peace. We want exercise of patience. We want justice.
We want all the benefits of Christian character and conduct. But we do not want Christ. We want it without being confronted with Christianity and the Bible in the school place, in the work place, and in the government place. “And surely don’t bring it into my home!” so it is said.
You can take a sponge and doctor it up with strawberries and whipped cream. Oh yes, the sponge is even yellow and looks like a yellow sponge cake. With all the flavoring, with all the toppings, it may look nice. It may look Christian. But without the core being real, the dessert is spoiled. Christianity without the reality of God is empty.
G. Eliot observed concerning those who try to cling to Christian morality, “They are rid of the Christian God and now believe all the more firmly that they must cling to Christian morality.” It is foolishness.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche rightly states, “When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet.”
What are issues of “Christian” or Biblical morality? Honesty, truth, justice, kindness, compassion, charity, marriage, personal responsibility, government, family, the right to life, the keeping of promises, graciousness, patience, liberty, the right to pursuit of happiness, respect of persons, respect for diversity of ethnicity, the right to property, the foundations for truth and logic, the foundations for law itself, the ability to differentiate good and bad, to distinguish right from wrong, peace and warfare, etc.
When one departs from respect of the Creator God of the universe as described in the Bible, all of the above attributes become non issues. One has no cause to expect such rights or privileges.
What is lost when these are lost? A college can no longer argue for honesty from the student. Cheating has no restraint. The right for expectation of a valid diploma ceases. Just scoring of quizzes, exams, projects, and papers cannot be expected. The school can change requirements for graduation with impunity. No promises should be expected. The changing of fees and failure to keep accurate records of payments can become random. Professors and instructors no longer have to teach truth or be consistent.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche further said, “Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one’s hands. Christianity presupposes that man does not know, cannot know, what is good for him, what evil: he believes in God, who alone knows it. Christian morality is a command; its origin is transcendent; it is beyond all criticism, all right to criticism; it has truth only if God is the truth — it stands and falls with faith in God.” (Twilight of the Idols: Skirmishes Of An Untimely Man)
Once one removes God out of the equation, then all discussion of morals leaves the picture. In an amoral situation we no longer have cause for complaint whether it involves situations of murder, theft, rape, cruelty, etc. for now there is no right or wrong. Fatalism rules. Get used to it, for that is the way it is. Is this really the way you want it to be?
I suppose one might think that this is the end of the story, except God, our Creator, does exist and intervenes in the affairs of men even today. He is a God who has properly expressed Himself both in nature and by special revelation. He blesses and judges actively. Because He is almighty, ever present and all knowing, our actions are ever being monitored. In His providence He brings circumstances to bear on us according to our obedience. He also will deal with each one in the coming judgment according to His appointed pleasure.