One of the things that chiefly impresses an American Christian...

The Watchman

One of the things that chiefly impresses an American Christian who travels widely in heathen lands is that heathenism is far more than a superstition or a creed; it is an atmosphere and a type of character. In Benares or Hangkow, for example, you do not feel merely that you are among a race with different customs from your own; your feel that these peoples occupy a different viewpoint, they judge by totally different standards from your own, and that it is exceedingly difficult, except on the basis of the universal human sentiments—and even these sometimes are strangely corrupted—to find common ground for mental approach and sympathy.

Yet when in such a community one attends a native Christian church and talks with the converts, he feels at once that he is at home. This Indian or Chinese Christian understands your point of view and sympathizes with your standards. You would agree as to the elemental Christian requirements. You can share each other's hopes and faith. You are aware that you are both striving to realize in personal life the same ideal. Believers in Christ strike hands across the seas and centuries.—The Watchman.

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Among the Churches
February 12, 1903

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