by Henry Law
Law examines the competition between the things of God versus the priorities of our world, and its system and mindset.
Inattention to the 'semblance of religion' is not the failing of the present day. The Church and its affairs occupy large space in thoughts and writings and discourse. While luxury, love of pleasure, the pride of life and selfishness in all its multiple forms, as rank weeds, overrun the surface of society, they choke not lively interest in spiritual concerns. Notwithstanding the chilling blasts of infidelity, and the enervating malaria of superstition, zeal for 'forms of devotion' conspicuously holds its ground.
To look around gives proof. Is money solicited to multiply and enlarge churches and schools, to endow districts, to embellish fabrics, to deck protrusive choirs in emulation of dramatic orchestras, abundance generally responds to the appeal. It must be allowed, then, that unprecedented liberality excludes the charge of cold indifference in sacred matters.
Hope, ever joying in bright prospects, gladly marks these demonstrations, and trusts that England is advancing to fulfill the prophetic rapture, and to be a "crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of our God." (Isa. 62:3)
But a truth here cannot be wholly checked. In nature early appearances often raise fallacious hopes. Vernal blossoms may promise more than autumn yields. Means do not constitute the end. Steps may enter the right path, and still no home be ultimately reached.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Angel of the Lord
23. Root and Offspring of David
24. Alpha and Omega