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stir and fewer headlines in the daily press than would be given to the sinking of one
battleship, this people, of their own free will, have yielded the blood-bought rights of a
thousand years, handed over their most sacred liberties for the duration of the conflict,
voluntarily placed themselves in a state of bondage and accepted the possibility of a
curtailment of rights comparable with that obtaining in a slave state. For what reason?
There is but one answer: "There's a War on."
With this national lesson before his eyes the believer would do well to ponder its
application in the spiritual realm, and as he becomes conscious of many restraints, of
irksome limitations of his present enjoyment of spiritual freedom, let him acknowledge
that in their willing renunciation the children of this generation can teach a wonderful
lesson to the children of light, for true liberty must wait the crown of true peace for its
unrestricted enjoyment. "The liberty of the glory of the children of God" (Rom. 8: 21).
"There's a War On."
The legitimate use of the Scriptures in a day of darkness and strife.
pp. 126, 127
Among the conditions of life imposed by the Great War was one which was called
"The black-out". Like Israel, the believer can have "light" in his dwelling, but the
outside world will be found covered with a darkness that may be felt. It is the
characteristic of our spiritual foe to work in darkness; our enemies, said the Apostle, are
"The rulers of the darkness of this world" (Eph. 6: 12).
For the safety of those who must walk abroad in the period of the "black-out" it was
arranged that while, owing to the conditions of the conflict, they were not permitted the
indiscriminate use of lamp or torch or to throw light upon any and every object, they
could use a torch of sufficient power to show their immediate path, and thus avoid
obstacles and find their required haven. When, therefore, we meet any who complain
that the Bible does not illuminate the vast geological ages preceding the advent of man;
when the Scriptures leave much unsaid regarding the nations outside Israel, and leave
untouched numerous philosophical problems, there is but one covering answer: "There's
a war on". The Scriptures have been given for the use of the wayfarer during the present
spiritual "black-out" and, if rightly used, they will indeed prove to be what the Psalmist
said God's Word was to him, "A lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path"
(Psalm 119: 105).
To avoid accident during the darkness we were urged to look carefully before we
stepped off the curb into the traffic, and the Apostle advises the believer in similar
spiritual conditions, to "Walk circumspectly . . . . . because the days are evil" (Eph. 5: 15,
16). While the word "circumspectly" well conveys the idea of "looking all round", the
word akribos which it translates is one indicative of even more insistent care and
accuracy. There were, moreover, special crossings which were safe for pedestrians who