George Herbert: "The Church-porch"
Day 3: Morning
[Humanity is so contrary that] if God had said, "There
are no laws. No rules. You can do whatever you like. There are no moral
principles, no precepts by which to relate to one another and to Me," men
and women would have set down the restrictions, put up the fences and built
the enclosures. But because, and perhaps only because, God has set limits,
man must break down the restraint and upturn the earth with his adolescent
perversity. With his own nature as the only guide, he would lose himself,
and he would use any means to do it.
Freedom. They oppose anyone who would set up laws and rules for them that would restrict their liberty. Not even common sense, the injury to others or the common good dictates to them. And certainly not God. Only the punishment of law teaches anything. No inner restraint governs them. Only the law and physical force deters any one from enforcing their will. Nothing in their human nature conforms them to follow their divine nature - except themselves.
Mans law becomes mixed up with Gods law. Mans laws cover the serious offender, the antisocial habits. They eliminate the absolute forbidden and totally unacceptable actions. Social rules and laws of the country limit some and discourage others. These are the "Thou shalt not's," the negatives and prohibitions to human behavior. They seem to cause two basic responses: abject submission or rebellion, secret or blatant. With Gods law neither is good enough. The soul should willingly accept and perform the will of God because, as C. S. Lewis* knew "Obedience is a dance, not a drill."
© 1997 J. R. Arner
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