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broad view preach the gospel of love and for- of God yet be answered by a mutilated Chrisgiveness. That is the need of the world today.' tianity! Will He not yet save us for Jesus'
“Elsewhere the writer heard a pessimistic sake But must not we co-operate with Him?' strain, and he quotes several expressions of it: “ These words, says an editorial note of the
" Said a leading Wesleyan minister of New Herald, 'make one aware that this is no time Zealand: “We hope to be victorious — but the for Christian people in America or elsewhere mass of the people are less eager to hear our to be engaging themselves in disputes about message than ever before.” A well-known sec- dogmas and prophecies and dispensations, but retary of one of the Y. M. C. A.'s of the antipo- to get busy at promoting social as well as indes declared: “I am sorry to say that many dividual righteousness and peace and good of our best men were killed; others who were will. As a matter of fact, however, says the good men before the war came back different Christian Science Monitor (Boston), the from what they were when they went out; we world is no more out of joint than it has ever cannot reach them they have gone wrong,
been. What is really happening is that the they do not attend church. What else can we world is finding itself out, which is a very expect! They
considerable step killed on Sundays
toward reformathe same as any
tion. This should other day — they
be 'cause for conplayed cards and
gratulation, and to gambled on Sun
those who underdays — Sundays
stand, it really is, were not different
But to the fearful, to them from other
and their name is days."
legion, it is "An active
hour of horror and clergyman in Syd
trepidation.' ney said of the ef
""What the fect of the war:
world needs, then, “ The strong men
almost more than came back strong
anything else, at er, the weak ones
the present mocame back weaker.
ment, is clear leadOur young men
ership, and by lead. have returned, not
ership is meant not with humiliation,
the effort to think but the reverse. © U. & U., N. Y.
for it, and so to DELEGATES TO THE PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE They now have the
weaken its mental Left to right: General Botha and General Smuts, South idea that force is Africa; Sir Joseph Cook, Australia.
processes, but raththe means of set
er an attempt to tling difficulties."
marshal and co-ordinate the facts of its social, “* A prominent minister in one of the larger political, and economic existence without bias colonial cities, speaking of the indifference to and with a supreme truthfulness, so as to enthe gospel, said of a training school for min- able the listener or hearer to form correct estiisters that although the amount of money in mates of conditions, and to act fearlessly on hand for bursaries exceeded many times over those estimates. In doing this, of course, selfthe calls for it, there had been only three ap- ishness, whether individual or national, must be plicants for scholarships in the past year.' rigorously put upon one side. Indifference as to
“ The effect of the war on the spirit of how your neighbor lives must become as illegitibrotherliness and co-operation between the de- mate as indifference to what is happening benominations is next considered. In Australia yond your borders. Only on such a basis is a joint council of the Presbyterian, Methodist, demonstrable Christianity a possibility.'" and Congregational Churches has prepared and agreed upon a basis of union as to doctrine The trouble is that governments are and polity, while in New Zealand similar ef
not really Christian, although so called. forts have failed. Generally the outlook is
There is and can be no truly Christian dark, and the writer asks:
“Do the churches of the British Empire civil government. As contrasted with and the American Republic really desire the the population of heathen and Mohamfresh infusion of divine life? Are their mem- medan countries there are Christian peobers willing to try to live by the plainest teach ples, but comparatively few of the peoings of the gospel? Can a revival in religion be effective without repentance:
Otherwise, ple of Christian lands are themselves whither shall we drift? Will the mighty calls Christians in the spiritual sense.
The sentiment expressed by General Christ Rebukes the Spirit of Smuts, does him credit; but he is in
Force in Religion error in supposing that it would help the situation even in the least degree if T is related by the evangelist Luke “ministers of the gospel would cease that on one occasion when Jesus was preaching so much about personal sal- on his way to Jerusalem, he “sent vation and think of the salvation of the messengers before his face: and they world.”
went, and enThe gospel is
tered into a vilGod's plan for
lage of the Sathe salvation,
maritans to not of the
make ready for world as a
H i m. And whole, but of
they did not as many indi
receive Him, viduals as are
because His willing to be
face was saved out of a
though He revolted and
would go to Jesinful world.
rusalem. And We believe it
when His disciwas Mr. Moody
ples James and who, when so
John saw this, licited to inter
they said, est himself in
Lord, wilt some political
Thou that we or semipolitical
command fire scheme for the
to come down betterment of
from heaven, society at large
and consume or of men en
them, even as masse, replied
Elias did? But by saying,
He turned, and “The world is
rebuked them, a sinking ship,
and said, Ye and my busi
know not what ness is to save
manner of as many as pos
spirit ye are sible out of it.”
of. For the And this is
Son of man is the business
not come to THE CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY CARRIES A STAFF, to which all
NOT A SWORD
destroy men's Christians
lives, but to should devote themselves much more save them. And they went to another than many do.
village.” Luke 9: 52-56. Let every proper and possible agency This is only one of the many imporbe employed to help the people socially tant lessons in religious tolerance to be and industrially, as well as spiritually, learned from the Scriptures. Force can but let no Christian deceive himself with make only hypocrites; love alone has the thought that such work should sup- power to make true followers of our plant the preaching of the gospel of per- Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. sonal salvation.
C. P. B.
Georgia Court Hears Plea for
By Our Own Reporter
N Monday morning, October 4, more than 500 yards, which seems in
1920, the case of State of Geor- credible. Religious prejudice among
gia vs. S. T. Page was called by some of the neighbors, who before that Hon. W. A. Wooten, solicitor for the time seemed friendly, inspired the proseState. On account of the absence of the cution. State's witnesses, two of whom were This is another unhappy illustration named “ Pope," the
of how Sunday solicitor requested
laws, which are ala continuance. On
ways religious, can inquiry the Court
be used by narrowlearned that the
minded and miscase had been con
guided people as a tinued twice, and
means of persecuwas about to enter
tion. Mr. Page an order of
did no more on his mand," which
farm on Sundays would secure a pos
than his neighbors, itive trial or dis
yet he was singled missal on the part
out as the victim of of the State, when
the Sunday law beit was learned by
cause he keeps the the Court that one
seventh day of the of the former con
week (Saturday) tinuances was so
instead of Sunday, licited by the de
the first day of the fendant.
week. The Court was
Hon. Elijah Gra. then advised that
ham, judge of the the defendant, S.
superior court, T. Page, wished to
which was sitting interpose a demur
at Alamo, Wheeler rer, which brought
County, thereupon in question the con
announced his will. stitutionality of
ingness to hear the the Georgia Sun
demurrer and day law.
argument. Mr. The defendant, who has been a Sev- Cyrus Simmons, of counsel for the de enth-day Adventist for the last thirty fendant, and member of the Knoxville, years, and who is nearly sixty-nine years Tenn., bar, was introduced. old, was charged with working on his
Argument of Demurrer by Cyrus Simmons farm on Sunday. It developed that the
Mr. Simmons presented nine grounds alleged work was done in a retired place of demurrer, all of which challenged the on the farm away from the public high- constitutionality of the Georgia Sunday way, the church, and neighbors. The law. prosecuting witnesses would have had to
The first assailed the law because it recognize the accused at a distance of arbitrarily fixes Sunday, the first day of
S. T. PAGE
the week, for “the Lord's day,” though showing that the Sunday law, by compelthere is a difference of opinion among re- ling rest on that day, displaces God's law ligionists upon this point.
by a civil statute, and is therefore reThe second legal proposition ques: ligious and void. tioned the law because by fixing Sunday The sixth ground of demurrer showed as “the Lord's day” it plainly reveals that the law, while by the courts conits religious character. Undertaking to strued as civil, is really religious and enforce a religious dogma effects thereby void, because it compels the defendant to a practical union of
Sabbatize on Sunday church and state.
against his religious conThe third ground of
victions. demurrer showed that
The seventh ground the defendant was a
showed that the accused member of the Seventh
is a farmer, which occu. day Adventist Church,
pation is recognized to which teaches the ob
be honorable and com
servance of the seventh day of the week" mendable and not criminal per se, and for the Sabbath, and makes the keeping therefore pursuing his business on Sunof that day a test of fellowship. The day would not be against public morals. law in question, by compelling him to The eighth ground of
of demurrer cease from labor on Sunday, compels showed that since the business of the achim to keep two days of the week, thus cused is honorable and not criminal per depriving him of his property and rights se, and not detrimental to public morals, without due process of law.
the law in question, by denying the right The fourth ground alleged the law to to work on Sunday, interferes with his be bad because it required the accused inalienable and constitutional rights. to rest on Sunday, and thereby gave to The ninth ground showed that the law that day a Sabbath sanctity contrary to
gives a preference in favor of the relihis religious belief.
gious majority, and is therefore vicious The fifth ground quoted from the class legislation, because it denies to the fourth commandment of the decalogue, religious minority the right to rest on the Sabbath of its choice, with the priv- In support of this position, Mr. Similege of working the other six days. mons quoted as follows from the case of False Basis for Decisions
Karwisch vs. M. & C. of Atlanta, 44 Ga., Mr. Simmons then directed the atten- p. 208: tion of the Court to the Georgia deci
“ The law fixes the day recognized as the
Sabbath day all over Christendom, and that sions wherein the constitutionality of day, by divine injunction, is to be kept holy. the law was upheld on the ground of reg. “On it thou shalt do no work.'” ulating civil conduct. He showed that He further argued that the same error
AN UNDESIRABLE ALLY The whole history of Christianity proves that she has indeed little to fear from persecution as a foe, but
much to fear from persecution as an ally. - Macaulay. from the language of written opinions
was followed and enlarged upon by the honorable judges were under the im- Chief Justice Bleckley, in the case of pression that Sunday, the first day of the Hennington v. State, 90 Ga., p. 398-9, week, was the same as the Sabbath, the when the constitutionality of the Georgia seventh day of the week. He said the Sunday law was under review.
The difference between the two rest days was Court said: evidently not brought to the attention of
“Doubtless it is a religious duty to pay the Court. This false conception evi
debts, but no one supposes that this is any dently had a controlling influence with
obstacle to its being enacted as a civil duty. the Court in sustaining the law.
“ With few exceptions, the same may be said