Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Daily Thought: A Test of Character

"Man's position or state in this creation was that of a lord tenant.  The earth is, indeed, the Lord's; but he gave it to man on a very easy and liberal lease, and so it became his property.  He was therefore, a free and responsible agent, capable of managing his estate and paying his rent; and consequently was susceptible of virtue and of vice, of happiness and misery. In order to freedom, virtue, and happiness, it was expedient and necessary to place him under a law; for where there is no law there can be no liberty, virtue, or happiness.  The law became a test of his character, a guarantee of his continued enjoyment of the life and property which God had leased to him on the condition of his obedience to that precept."

Alexander Campbell, The Christian System, Gospel Advocate Company (2001); p. 13


Liane said...

Sometimes I can't help but wonder what the hell are we doing with this world that the Lord has entrusted us with. I saw a cruel video last night of animal abuse for research. Broke my heart. Of course there are several issues going on; some that many are very unaware of, I'm sure. Sometimes it is sad, but not all is sad. There is good and bad; two sides of a coin, yes?

Paul Steele said...

Liane, I agree with you. We have not been very good stewards with God's gift of creation. It comes done to the reality that rather than bearing the image of God we have decided to do things our own way. We have failed the character test.

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