Our Nation Is in Trouble (I)

Wright Randolph
Cincinnati. Ohio

Every politician, from federal to community level, is aware of the fact that our country is in severe trouble. Our nation has problems which are huge, far reaching and unsolved. To be aware of this, it is only necessary to read the newspapers, listen to the radio or watch television. Newspaper columnist, educators, law enforcement agencies and law-making bodies are all very much concerned; and well they should be! For the most part these agencies and individuals seem to be chagrined and surprised that we have any such problems in this day. They seem to be at a complete loss as to what to do about the matter. These problems are many. We shall concern ourselves with only me in this article.

I suppose that circumstances are responsible for bringing into use an expression of recent vintage, "POPULATION EXPLOSION." This is one of our present day problems and the one with which we ~hall concern ourselves in this article.

This is not just a national, but an international, problem. Every nation of earth is experiencing difficulties in this field. However, since "charity begins at home," we will deal with that of which we are a part: our nation.

In recent weeks those of the higher echelon, especially those in the medical field, have become very much concerned about certain means which have been, and are being, used to prevent this "population explosion." Included in these is the "PILL" used in the prevention of pregnancy. Their concern is not as to whether or not it will be defective. This is an accepted fact and will be one means of slowing down the ever increasing birth rate. Their concern is whether or not it will be injurious to the user. As of this date they are pretty well agreed that certain dangers are present. As I listen to, and observe, all that is said by these learned men I have been of the mind to pose a question. Is this the proper approach to our difficulty? Are they dealing with the problem -- or one of the results of the problem?

In so far as this writer is concerned, our problem of "population explosion" is due, in the main, to an open and flagrant violation of God's law. Every year our people, for the greater part, come up with a more liberal and compromising attitude toward the one and only law which can ever control our world. The wise man has said, "Where there is no vision the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). Without divine revelation we would be hopelessly and eternally lost. But, it is also true that if we are not of a mind to give proper respect to this revelation we will be just as lost. "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). Our difficulty is not that we have not had the vision (revelation) but that people are not of a mind to give proper respect to it! Unfortunately, this is true in the church as well as out of it.

Look at the picture: Men are, seemingly, surprised that we should have such a rapid increase in the birth rate. Why shouldn't we? Our educators, for the most part; our society, for the greater part; and some brethren, for the lesser part have seen fit to throw God's law of morality to the "four winds" of earth and advocate open and unrestrained "adultery and fornication." Sex experience, in wedlock or out, is encouraged. Most of these people have never read, or if they have it has been without respect, what the Lord has said; "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4). Boys and girls are encouraged to experience sex, to live together on the same floor or even in the same room in our college dormitories. All this without shame and even accompanied with unlimited boasting. And such people wonder why we have a "population explosion!" What else?

If there is a real desire to slow down the birth rate and curb sex crime, an effective recipe can be found in the "tried and true" Word of God with a Proper respect therefore.


April 9, 1970