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in the largest one, a most animated Dublin. Soon after to England. And meeting was held to plead the cause of now desire, with a grateful heart, to Protestant truth and union among bre. record all the kindness of friends, and thren. Christians of all classes were the goodness of God, to us in Ireland. there. The people had a mind to the Land of darkness, sorrow, and tribuwork. The ministers led the way; and lation; Popery thy curse; the priesthood the spirit of love rose and prevailed. thy bane; "the man of sin" thy cruel Surely the" Author of peace and Giver and relentless tyrant; when shall thy of concord" was with us. His approv- day of light, enlargement, and delivering smile seemed to rest upon our ance come? Already is it beaming. meeting. A resolution was cordially The streaks of the morning on thy adopted to form a Branch Alliance at mountain tops appear. There is hope Athlone. Communications have since in thine end. “The prey shall be taken reached us, telling us how refreshing from the mighty: the lawful captive and edifying the hour was felt to be; shall be delivered:” and all thy borders and when the next day we parted, it become what they might be, what they was with the impression, in which we ought to be, and what we hope they are believe Episcopalians, Presbyterians, destined ere long to be—the abode of and Independents shared, that of the Christian light, of Christian liberty, three principal graces which now re and Christian love! main “ the greatest of these is love." Let all Christians pray for Ireland. The day following we returned to October, 1852.
A WORD FOR WORK AT HOME
FOR THE EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE.
"Beginning at Jerusalem.”—Luke xxiv. 47. TAESE words were spoken by the East and West, and North and South, Saviour after he had risen from the until the circumference had been dead. They form a part of the instruc- reached. tions which Christ saw it right to give Basing my remarks on these words, I to his disciples before he was finally want to show you the need there is for taken away from them, and had passed the continued and increased labours of into the skies. This was the great good men in our own country; and that commission with which, in all subse- while we would not utter one word in quent times, they were to be intrusted, disparagement of the great Missionary and for the carrying out of which a Societies, which are the glory of our succession of men was to be raised up | land, and one of the wonders of our to the very end of time. “Repentance times, it behoves us to look after our and remission of sins” was to be home population, and not suffer our preached in his name among all na own friends to perish while we are givtions, with this saving clause and li- ing the bread of life to strangers. Acmitation, “beginning at Jerusalem.” cording to the examples of the apostles Jerusalem was still to be the favoured and first ministers of truth, and of Jesus city; and the Word of Life, which was Christ himself, it behov us in all our to be sounded in every city and nation labours to begin at Jerusalem. of men, was first to be rung in the ears I. THIS ACCORDS WITH THE EXAMPLE of the Israelites; and from them, as AND INSTRUCTIONS OF THE SAVIOUR. from a centre, it was to go forth to the For our guidance in this world, it is ne
cessary for us often to recur to the con- | visited. Let the shaft of heaven, wbich duct of the Divine Redeemer, since that is coming down upon it for its impeniconduct is not only the very best in tency, be hurled back if possible. I the circumstances that man can adopt, have wept for Jerusalem-I have prayed but it is the invariable rule by, which for it--I have laboured for it-I have his life is to be guided. In seeking to suffered for it; and now, when I am no do good, it is well for us to go back to longer in the flesh, I send you, my the life-time of Him of whom it was chosen servants, to the rebellious city : said, “He went about doing good;" perchance they may repent." Thus, aud in that life-time we shall find our if we would copy the example of the strongest stimulus as well as our sweet- Saviour and his apostles, we must hare est encouragernent. He may well af our own country the ohjeet nearest our ford to be a model for men, from whom hearts, and the first in our efforts; we all may copy, but whom none can ex must begin at Jerusalem. cel. In connexion with Jerusalem, the II. IT IS THE DICTATE OF HUMANITY, example of the Saviour is singular: con AS WELL AS OF RELIGION, TO SEEK FIRST sidering the treatment which he had TO BENEFIT THOSE AT HOME.There is received at their hands, and the way
in à current proverb, the reasonableness which they had acted towards the pro- and propriety of which no one will phets, his messengers, in former times, question ; " Charity begins at home." we should not have been surprised, but No doubt this universal truth is often almost gratified, if he had shut them made the apology for niggardliness and out from the reach of mercy, and con
covetousness. But when seen in its signed them to the hardness of heart true light, and felt in its true influence, which their sin merited. Instead of instead of contracting the fibres of the this being the case, however, he seems heart, it expands them; and while it reto have retained the very strongest in- quires us to think of those near at hand, terest in everything pertaining to the it prompts us to feel deep concern for chosen city; and with perfect truth it the remotest members of the great may be said, that the worse they treated human family. We should deem him him the more he loved them; and even a sorry parent who professed great love with his last breath, when they cruci- for other children, while he manifested fied him, he earnestly sought for them little or none for his own. We should a blessing. " Father, forgive them; call that man a sad hypocrite who could they know not what they do !"
be all smiles and gentleness in the soWhen the Saviour gave these instruc- ciety of strangers, and whose own firetions to his disciples, we must remem side is uplit-up by one gracious look, ber that he was not just entering upon and who is a very churl at home. We his mission, and that Jerusalem was an should deem that a spurious Christianity untried place; for, instead of that, his which was loud, and animated, and zealwork was completed-he had endured ous about the sufferings and sins of the all the insults they had inflicted-he people of distant lands, while the very had seen the wickedness of their con same sufferings are endured, and the duct, and the impenitency of their spirit very same sins are committed, by our - he had experienced their unjust con- neigbbours, and we are not lifting up a demnation and their rude treatment finger for their benefit. And that would upon the cross; and yet, notwithstand be a far-fetched and misbegotten phiing all, he says to his disciples, after he lanthropy which should be clamorous rose from the grave, “ Preach my gos- about the improvement of the condition pel in all the world, but first in Jerusa- of persons living at our antipodes, while lem. Let the wretched city again be it has no protest to utter against the
wrongs beneath which thousands at alone is accumulating at the rate of one bome groan, and no plan to propose for thousand a week, and other large towns ameliorating the lot of its own kinsmen in almost the same proportion, while and countrymen. Let us have a large- the religious part of the community is hearted charity: As large-hearted as you making no increased efforts correspondwill, provided it only be genuine; but ing thereto? And, blind ourselves to it let us never suppose that it can be as we may, is it not a fact that one of genuine if it is teaching us to overlook our great national universities is sendour suffering artizans and toil-worn la ing forth teachers who have no symbourers, many of whom are in a condi- pathy except with a retrograde and tion little better than the poor African semi-popish Christianity; and that the who is branded with the cursed name of other is making men good scholars, and slave. It is an easy thing to lash our qualifying them to be expert philososelves into a kind of furor about objects phical sceptics, instead of teaching them that are remote and indefinite, and to the principles of the religion of Jesus, people the imagination with all sorts and qualifying them for the cure of imof phantoms and horrors; but to en- mortal souls? Is it not a fact that a counter and do battle with the monster large majority of the clergy of the Engthat lies at our own door requires hard, lish Church are imbued with Tractarian stern, personal labour; and to that I notions, while the great bulk of the rest fear we are not so readily persuaded. are thoroughly incompetent for their
III. OUR HOME POPULATION NEEDS sacred functions, and that only here and THE HELP OF ALL GOOD CARISTIANS AND there one, like stars in a cloudy sky, are PATRIOTIC MEN. -Some persons may be giving forth the true light from heaven, ignorant enough to suppose, perhaps, and guiding men to Jesus? We say that there is no particular necessity for these things in sorrow, rather than in any very great effort at home--that anger. We have no wish to traduce the Christianity has been so long in opera- ministers of other churches, or to retion in these lands that it must have present things worse than they are. But accomplished everything it is designed we believe the battle of Christianity has for-that the supply is quite equal to to be fought over again in our own the demand—and that religion is rapidly country. On the one hand, it has to leavening the masses of our people. contend with a cold, dry, dead ritualism, We are by no means unmindful of what and on the other, with a proud, impertihas been done on behalf of our own be- nent philosophy, besides encountering loved country by the labours of humane the masses who are steeped in ignorand Christian men, nor are we unthank ance and vice. Nor must Christianity ful for the measure of blessing with shrink from the encounter. It is said which God has owned those labours. that But with all the religiousness of which "Freedom's battle, once begun, our land boasts, and justly boasts, is Though often fought, is always won;" there not much demoralization and and much more truly may we say of vice? Are not our jails crowded with our honoured religion, that though she the committers of crime, and is it not has often to enter the field and confront found needful to enlarge them? Is it the foe, she is always a conqueror, and not at present considered the most per- from every attack comes off with fresh plexing question to statesmen and laurels. May God help us to be faithothers, What are we to do with our ful to our religion in all times of threatcriminal population, because they are ened calamity and danger! increasing on our hands? Is it not a IV. OUR OWN fact that the population of London UP
WITH THE WELFARE OF OUR HOME
POPULATION.—How beautiful that de- breaks to which other lands have been scription of mutual relationship and subject—if we would diffuse peace and dependence found in the Epistle to the contentment, we must seek, more earnCorinthians (b. 1, ch. xii.). The hand estly than we have yet done, to bring cannot say to the foot, nor the eye to the the multitudes beneath the sway of reear, I have no need of thee. There is ligion; and we must be content with an intercommunion and fellowship be- no amelioration less real and thorough tween one part and another of the than that which reaches the heart, and human body, nor is it possible to do brings the sinner into closest contact damage to one, without seriously affect with Christ and God. It is high time ing all the rest. There is a strict ana men had learnt that religion is the best logy between the different parts of the temporal boon, as well as the best human body and the different parts of heavenly treasure. the body politic. Of the great com V. IN SEEKING THE CONVERSION munity it is the most important part OUR OWN POPULATION WE ARE BAISING that we have to reach. The masses of UP THE VERY BEST HUMAN AGENCY FOR men are yet unleavened by the gracious THE CONVERSION OF THE WORLD.-No influence of religion. Disguise the fact doubt the Saviour knew that in seeking as we may, and think of it as we will, to effect the conversion of the Jews, he the masses of our home population are was not only accomplishing the greatest unreached by religion. It has often good for the men themselves, but also been the cry, We are in danger from an for the world at large. How far the unbridled democracy. Nor do I see grand successes which Christianity exhow the danger is to be averted, except perienced in the first centuries of the by beginning at home, and labouring Christian era were indebted to the thouin earnest for the men at our own doors. sands who were converted in Jerusalem, We believe there is no safety for any it is impossible for us to say. No state or people under heaven apart from doubt the human cause, as in all cases, the religion of the cross. It is the was equal to the effect. Who can say stability of our times, and of all times. what an influence would be exerted France, and Austria, and Russia, and upon the world if this little island Italy, are governed by a debased and were converted to God? Look at the reckless soldiery; let go that power, various facilities which science, and and what is there to put in its place, commerce, and Providence are putting except a power which is akin to the de- within our reach for coming into constructive lightning and the howling tact with the people of all lands. Convolcano? England is governed, happily, sider what means of communication neither by arms, nor literature, nor there are between country and country, politics, but by the religious spirit, and and specially between our own and therefore she sits, like a gallant ship, every other. There is not a continent upon the crested wave, and defies the of earth which our countrymen do not storm. But then we fear this religious visit-not an island of the ocean we do spirit is passing away from the masses; not explore-not an inhospitable region at least it is of the utmost importance with which we have not contracted an that it have a deeper and more abiding acquaintance. We do not say, Let our influence. Here, then, is an object call-scientific men be less scientific, and ing for, and repaying, our highest ef- visit other countries less for the acforts. If we would preserve our coun- quirement of knowledge; but, let them try from social disorder and national carry with them more of a Christian destruction—if we would preserve so- spirit. We do not say, let our enterciety from the fearful rents and out-prizing commercial men be less eager
about the suocesses of their earthly | own country become converted, and we speculations; but, let them freight their might soon join with the blessed above, ships also with salvation, and inscribe in singing the anthem of salvation, upon their sails, “Holiness to the “ The kingdoms of this world have beLord." Suppose every Englishman come the kingdom of our God and his who leaves our ports for pleasure, or Christ, and he shall reign for ever and riches, or science, or art, had impressed ever.” Who does not pant and pray upon his mind, and engraven upon his for such a time? Who will not labour heart, the religion of heaven and the for the coming of such a day? Who love of Christ, what blessed results will not help to give such an impetus would soon be experienced! No longer to the gospel chariot here, that it shall could the heathen point to England roll on at lightning speed to other rewhen our Missionaries preach, and say, gions, and scatter its heaven-sent bless“Look at your own home. Evangelize ings upon every land ? your own country, and spend not your
J. B. L. zeal and your life upon us." Let our Northallerton.
The young man referred to in this sacred things; nor was he one of those passage was no ordinary personage. sensual young men who say, Let us He was rich, for he had great posses- eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. sions; he had rank, for he was a ruler He believed in the doctrine of the reof the Jews-either a ruler of the nation, surrection of the dead, and of the life one of the Great Sanhedrim, or a ruler everlasting. He viewed with solemn, of the synagogue, a post of consider reverential awe the great futurity in able dignity; he had education, talents, which all must live, and live for ever. moral excellence; and to all these ad- | His faith prompted the inquiry, What vantages we must add his youth, for must I do? How important the inMatthew (xix. 20,) speaks of him as a quiry! The inheritance of heaven is young man.
What may we not hope lost, How shall I regain it? from such a man, placed in such happy The inquiry is deeply interesting. circumstances, endowed with such ta “The Jews seem to have thought," lents, and distinguished by such a love says Dr. Doddridge, " that if they abof moral excellence? May we not hope stained from gross crimes, sacrifices to see him become a decided and ear- might atone for smaller neglects.” Hence nest disciple of Christ? A little atten- | they went about to establish their own tion to this passage will convince us of righteousness, neither understanding a mournful truth, that the most amiable the nature of the laws, nor the use of and hopeful characters do not always those sacrifices which were designed become the most pious.
to exercise faith, and to point to a bet1. We are to consider the case of a ter sacrifice, the Lamb of God that hopeful inquirer.
taketh away the sins of the world. How His inquiry is vastly important. natural the inquiry-What must I do?
This young man was no infidel. He I must do something, that is plain ; reawas not one of those conceited and pre son requires it, nature prompts it-I sumptuous young men, who mock at must do something, or endure some