Who WILL bring "law and order" to our society? What is the ANSWER to the most disquieting domestic crisis of this century?
A rising contempt of and disregard for law and order lies at the heart of the growing violence in America today," says J. Edgar Hoover. Why? What has gone wrong with American, British and other Western societies? Why is it unsafe for so many Americans to walk on their streets at night? Why is the Canadian and British crime rate also spiraling upward?
A Situation of CRISIS
Overall, the FBI reports crime in the United States rose 21% during the first six months of 1968 over the corresponding months in 1967. Armed robberies increased 34% during this period. Violent crimes of murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault increased 21% as a group. From Vancouver, British Columbia, Police Chief Ralph Booth reported that major crime in Vancouver increased by eleven percent last year. He said the 1967 increase compared with an increase of only three percent in 1966. Writing in the London Daily Express, Percy Hoskins stated earlier this year: "London in the late 1960's could become a mini-version of the Chicago of the 1930's if violence continues to increase at its present rate. Already, after only 43 days of 1968 the trend is alarmingly clear. Last year, crimes of brutality, particularly when associated with robbery, rose in London by almost ten percent. Within a few months this figure could be caught up and passed." From New Zealand, the 1967 juvenile crime figures for Christchurch make very unpalatable reading. Last year's figures show an increase of almost 30 percent on the 1966 total! So it goes around most of the English-speaking world — and particularly in America. Many Americans are deeply concerned. They have "had enough" of this type of thing. With America's crime rate rising sharply, exactly half of all women in the United States, an estimated 32 million, say they are afraid to walk alone at night in areas as close as one mile to where they presently live. In the case of men, one in five shares the same fear. These fears are not confined to white citizens. An even greater percentage of Negroes say they are afraid to use the streets at night in some of the areas near their dwelling places. The big picture is that our national crime rate has risen by the fantastic rate of 89% during the period between 1960 and 1967, while during the same years our population increased only ten percent! In other words crime has been growing at the rate of nearly nine times that of population in this "civilized" society.
The Presidential Campaign
There is no question but that "law and order" was the name of the game in the recent American presidential election. Each candidate claimed to have the answer to the problem. Seemingly for the first time in years, people are willing and eager to listen to someone talk about getting back to stability, honesty, decency and obedience to law. One of the candidates for the presidency estimated that it would cost billions of dollars to bring law and order to this nation. The politicians are proposing elaborate programs of federal aid to upgrade our police forces around the nation. This aid would be used to hire and train more policemen. It would upgrade the quality of our police forces, increasing salaries, and requiring a high school or a college degree for the policemen and officers. Some have proposed new laws, such as gun-control laws, laws to punish those who cross state lines to incite riots and other laws. But with widespread disobedience to existing laws, is the making of new laws the answer? With spiraling crime waves in virtually every section of our nation, is the simple hiring and training of more policemen going to really stop crime or significantly reduce it? A most significant backdrop to this year's presidential election was the nomination of Vice-President Humphrey for President by the Democratic Party in Chicago. The convention was perhaps the wildest and most violent and bitter convention scene in American history. Against a background of street fighting raging downtown, delegates in the convention booed, shook fists, yelled, shoved and turned Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley into the personification of a villain. Thousands of young hippies and yippies screamed, yelled, cursed and defied police orders over and over again. They threw bricks, bottles and nail-studded golf balls at the police lines protecting the convention site. Hundreds of times, the yippie screams of "pig" and filthy four-letter epithets were hurled at the police. Vice-President Humphrey told a CBS interviewer, Martin Agronsky, "I saw a policeman who had been stabbed in the face with a broken beer bottle... I saw filth and manure being thrown on rugs at the Conrad Hilton Hotel." In spite of this unprecedented outburst of filth and lawlessness, many of the politicians decried the severe measures Mayor Daley and the Chicago police force finally had to take. Desperately, they tried to straddle both sides of the fence — pleading sympathy for the young beatniks and hippies who were defying the police and all the forces of law and order, yet at the same time claiming that they would somehow be able to solve the problem of law and order! A nationally known news personality, commenting on the conventions and the campaign to follow, pointed out that in carrying on a campaign a politician needed to make many big claims and "a little honest lying may be necessary." This was said, of course, with a certain amount of wry humor. But was also said as a statement of factual procedures during nearly any election campaign in our Western democratic system. Perhaps that simple but honest statement gets at least part of the real source of the problem. For men in high office are willing to lie — to break a law — in order to ingratiate themselves with voters to whom they are claiming in the same breath that they will "enforce" true law and order. What a paradox. Yet it is true to human nature, and actually reflects our system of law, our politicians, our peoples and our problems.
In order for laws to be honored and adhered to, the true respected SOURCE of law must be defined. There must be a standard — a source — an authority. All too often, the Negro militants, the young rebels or dropouts feel they are simply rebelling against "the system" which the older generation has foisted upon them. They simply regard the laws of the land as part of a hodgepodge of ideas and principles which our fathers and grandfathers stumbled onto and which have not worked. Today, myriad statutes ranging from local tax laws to hunting regulations are flouted commonly by "respectable" citizens. One can easily get a chuckle from his peers by recounting how he "got away" with breaking some law of the land. This attitude, of course, is passed on to his children, and in turn to their children. It grows, spreads and multiplies. The young Negro militant, especially, thinks of the laws of the land as merely coming from "the man" — the white establishment; with its white ideas and ideals which he feels have kept the Negroes as an oppressed minority group. But can respect for a law exist when every man is a law unto himself? Look what is happening in America and all over the Western world today! Almost all society, it seems, has been permeated with the concept that everyone should have the right to "do his thing" — whether it be a child throwing a temper tantrum by screaming and kicking his mother, or a long-haired, incredibly filthy, foul-mouthed hippie who is staging a sit-in at a public building. Because of this feeling, criminals are often pampered, coddled and catered to at the expense of the general public's welfare and safety. In this modern "enlightened" age of violence and filth, the society as a whole subscribes to the doctrine that there are no standards — no absolutes. This is explained in schools and universities, expounded from pulpits and extolled by the politicians. We know absolutely that there are no absolutes! Therefore, such "modern" thinkers as anthropologist Margaret Meade think that even so basic a civil and religious institution as marriage is doomed to fall into disuse within the next few decades. They think that marriage is no longer functional and they are now trying to devise other means of perpetuating the human race and satisfying the requirements of adult human beings.
Man's Laws Change as His "Reason" Dictates
Even the idea of a heterosexual relationship being the "norm" is now subject to great and increasing challenges. Long the butt of lurid comments and off-color jokes, homosexuals are coming out into the open. They are beginning to boldly challenge the right of others to make them "second-class citizens." They are fighting "discrimination" on legal, economic and social fronts. Many laws throughout Western Europe and the U.S. are beginning to change in the homosexual's favor as human beings reason that there is no real standard by which we can judge such things. When the British Parliament completed its legislation to legalize private homosexual acts by consenting males it aligned itself with most of Western Europe where such acts, if not strictly legal, are not prohibited. France has taken a permissive attitude for more than a century. Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Belgium and Spain make homosexuality no crime unless minors or public morals are involved. Among the homosexuals' biggest allies are growing numbers of Protestant clergymen. Churchmen in some of the bigger cities are trying for a better public understanding of and sympathy for homosexuals — aiding them in gaining "respect" by their fellows. Shocking? Why should it be shocking if everybody is free to reason out with his own mind what he would, or would not like to do? And if everybody's opinion is just as good as everybody else's? And if there is no real AUTHORITY? There are absolutely no absolutes? So if someone does not agree with the law — if it does not coincide with what he "feels" like doing at the moment — he feels he has the license to disobey. After all, goes the reasoning, who is to say he is wrong? By rejecting the fact that there is a source for law and that there are absolutes, our society has rejected the very basis of law and order. If there are no absolute standards, then laws can constantly be changed and adapted to fit various types of human reason, circumstances or situations. In other words, "situation ethics." In this way of thinking, stealing is wrong — unless you are hungry. Committing adultery with your best friend's wife is wrong — unless you happen to be "in love" with each other. Are we willing to admit that there could be, should be and ought to be a final SOURCE for law besides the whims, passions, inventions and imaginations of the human mind?
The SOURCE for All Just and Right Laws
Few today realize the acknowledged basis for many of the laws in our English-speaking world is the Law that God gave ancient Israel. Of and by himself, man has NEVER been able to devise the type of thoughtful, balanced laws revealed in the Ten Commandments. Our laws against murder, theft, perjury, rape, kidnapping and adultery all find their source in the Law of GOD. Yet millions of "educated" men today are beginning to believe there is no God. Beginning with Darwin's Origin of Species which popularized the theory of evolution — coupled with the spread of German rationalism in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century — the knowledge and teachings of GOD have been kicked out of our schools and colleges. The automatic result has been that all standards of decency and morality have been thrown aside as well. In this modern "enlightened" age of violence and perversion, the society as a whole now subscribes to the doctrine that there are no standards — no absolutes. This is, of course, because they believe that there is no God to set forth such standards or absolutes. A few years back, one of the world's foremost educators warned a group of military leaders about this very problem. He was the late Dr. Rufus B. von KleinSmid, then Chancellor of the University of Southern California. He stated: "I have no quarrel with the present emphasis placed on science, but today we are paying for support of schools which act from September 1 to June 30 as if there were no God." Dr. von KleinSmid noted the "absence of moral values" in our youth resulting from this attitude. When you leave the true GOD out, there is no real standard of behavior left. The result is spiritual chaos, lawlessness and wretchedness in the human heart. But man will NEVER have the true respect for and understanding of law and order until he deeply recognizes that these must proceed forth from the great GOD who created man in His own image. Don't smirk too quickly! You can PROVE that that God exists! In The PLAIN TRUTH magazine, we feature articles in the magnificent continuing series on PROVING the existence of God and disproving the man-made "theory" of evolution. Study these vital articles. Also, for a quick-condensed summary, read immediately for our absolutely free booklet, Does God Exist? And the free companion article, "Seven Proofs God Exists!" Men have lost all deep respect for law because they have forgotten the very source of ALL law and authority! Perhaps you have never read it, but your Bible says: "There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy" (James 4:12). That lawgiver is Almighty God. In their modern search for man-devised "peace of mind" or a "religion that satisfies," men have totally FORGOTTEN about the great GOD who RULES this universe! No wonder our young people — the leaders of tomorrow — have such a godless, lawless attitude.
There is a solution to the problem of law and order. The real solution — and there will be no other — involves much more than recognizing God as the Author of true law and order. For the climate of lawlessness is worldwide and international. It involves the continued existence of humanity itself! For man now has the capacity to annihilate himself many times over with the increasingly fearsome weapons modern science and technology produce. Yet, on the international scene, nations live in daily fear. Millions know that the so-called "guarantees" and treaties of peace are not worth the paper on which they are written. In practical fact, there is NO LAW — respect for no authority — among the nations of the world. What, then, is the answer? How can law and order be restored to the individuals and the nations of this faltering world? The real solution involves the following three steps: First, all men must learn that the Author of true law is the Creator. They must recognize and deeply respect His authority and His laws. Schools, families and nations must wake up and quit acting "as if there were no God" — paraphrasing Dr. von KleinSmid. Next, men and nations must be directly TAUGHT the laws of God and their practical application to life. Just hearing "about" God and His law is not enough! The day we human beings are born we know absolutely nothing. Everything we know has come into our mind since that time! These ideas and concepts have come from our parents, friends, schools, and from the general environment of whatever society we happen to grow up in. To ensure that a human being will understand the right way, he must be TAUGHT that way consistently and continuously. But who is around to teach man that God is the Author of all true law? Which God? Which law? Also, who could be responsible and who would have the power, even if he were right, to teach ALL NATIONS the laws of God and their practical application to life? And that brings us to the final step in the real solution to law and order which WILL COME within the lifetimes of most of us!
What about HUMAN NATURE?
We human beings are, by our very nature, LAWLESS. Human beings naturally resist and resent anyone in authority over them. They do not like being told what to do. They will automatically tend to go the wrong way from ANY law, system or authority — especially if it be God's Law or His Authority! Your Bible says that the natural, physical mind of man "is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Romans 8:7). The Apostle Paul said: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing..." (Romans 7:18). The prophet Jeremiah wrote: "The heart [the natural mind and tendencies of man] is deceitful above all things, and DESPERATELY WICKED: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9) Human nature is basically vain, selfish, deceitful, rebellious and EVIL. This rebellious and evil tendency is simply born into the very nature of us all. We have to have help from our parents, guardians, teachers and others in society or we would soon kill ourselves by breaking the law of gravity and falling too far, breaking the law of inertia and getting in front of a moving automobile, or in any number of other ways. Although we are willing to learn a little more swiftly those facts concerning the preservation of ourselves, being willing to practice outgoing concern and kindness toward the other fellow is something else again! It is not natural to the human mind. For the human mind and nature is basically LAWLESS and must be changed if there is ever to be complete tranquility at home and peace in the world at large. The third step in the solution, then, is to CHANGE human nature. Our very natures must be made more pliable and yielding to true law and order. But, again, who could possibly do THAT?
Here's HOW the Solution Will Come
This society is at the end of its rope. If there is a Creator God — and we can PROVE this is so — then it is certainly high time that He intervened in His creation to straighten out the mess! Why haven't today's leaders looked into the Bible to see how the above-mentioned three steps WILL bring about law and order in our time. In Revelation 11:15, a scene is described picturing a fantastic heavenly intervention in human affairs. Voices in heaven are saying, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever." So Christ appears as the Authority over the earth — representing God the Father. This takes care of Step No. 1. For all men will then know who is the true SOURCE of all law, order and authority. Next, notice the inspired words of the prophet Micah speaking of our day: "In the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains... and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the LAW shall go forth of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Micah 4:1-2). This shows that God will "TEACH us" the practical way of life — of His Law — of individual well-being, safety and of world PEACE. Men everywhere must and WILL be taught the proper respect for and understanding of true law and order! Notice also: "Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they LEARN war any more" (verse 3). Here we find that men no longer will be taught to hate, fight and kill in war. Instead, they will be taught the WAY to peace. Finally, the prophet Jeremiah outlines the solution to Step Three — CHANGING human nature: "After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my LAW in their inward parts and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people" (Jeremiah 31:33). Beginning with Israel, God will pour out His Spirit upon all people and put within them — through the Holy Spirit — His very nature. He will place with in them His love, kindness, outgoing concern and His wisdom, knowledge, faith and self-control. Then, and then only, there will be individual and worldwide PEACE, prosperity and joy through obedience to the laws of God as applied to the entire earth! Sound fantastic? Perhaps it does if the reality and proof of God and His Word are new to you. But this wonderful future can be PROVED it is worth looking into, studying about and proving. So once again, read our free booklets described above on the proof of God. Also for the unusually scintillating, fully illustrated, absolutely free booklets entitled: The Wonderful World Tomorrow - What It Will Be Like and CRIME CAN BE STOPPED...here's how! They describe in vivid detail what I have outlined above — the real SOLUTION to law and order, to universal PEACE and to all the ails and woes of mankind. The real solution to these problems will not come about through the efforts of any man or any politician. But it will come, nevertheless! Be sure you understand and are prepared for the fantastic changes in the world situation now beginning to unfold before your eyes.