answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, . . .
and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27.
As the youth go out into the world to encounter its allurements to sin--the
passion for money getting, for amusement and indulgence, for display, luxury,
and extravagance, the overreaching, fraud, robbery, and ruin--what are the
teachings there to be met?
asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that "each mind will judge itself";
that "true knowledge places men above all law"; that "all sins
committed are innocent"; for "whatever is, is right," and "God
doth not condemn." The basest of human beings it represents as in heaven,
and highly exalted there. Thus it declares to all men, "It matters not
what you do; live as you please, heaven is your home." Multitudes are
thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty,
and that man is accountable only to himself.
teaching given at the very outset of life, when impulse is strongest, and
the demand for self-restraint and purity is most urgent, where are the safeguards
of virtue? what is to prevent the world from becoming a second Sodom?
same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human.
The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching
of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes
for the defense of their interests and claims; . . . the world-wide dissemination
of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution--all are tending to
involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France.
the influences to be met by the youth of today. To stand amidst such upheavals
they are now to lay the foundations of character.
generation and in every land the true foundation and pattern for character
building have been the same. The divine law, "Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with all thy heart, . . . and thy neighbour as thyself" (Luke
10:27), the great principle made manifest in the character and life of our
Savior, is the only secure foundation and the only sure guide.