April 18, 2015 Secular Christianity's Chief End by Frank Jones No people ever rise higher than their idea of God. Conversely, the loss of the sense of God’s high and awesome character always leads to the loss of a people’s highest ideals, moral values, and even what we commonly call humanity, not to mention the loss of understanding of and appreciation for the most essential Bible doctrines. We are startled by the disregard for human life that has overtaken large segments of the United States. But what do we expect to see when a country as proudly secular as ours openly turns its back on God? We deplore the breakdown of moral standards in the church, even among its most visible leaders. But what do we think should happen when we have focused on ourselves and our own, often trivial needs rather than on God, ignoring his holiness and excusing our most blatant sins? To listen to many contemporary sermons one would think that man’s chief end is to glorify himself and cruise the malls. — James Boice, "Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace", 151-152.